Who is a DDS Examiner?
The Disability Determination Services employs examiners whose job is to determine whether the claimant is considered blind or disabled according to the law.
The examiner uses an RFC form (Residual Functional Capacity) and fills it out according to the medical information provided by the claimant in their disability application. There are also five criteria that must be met in order for your claim to be approved at this level. If the examiner believes all these criteria are met, then your claim should be approved.
If you’ve ever applied for disability, you may have wondered who the person who will approve or deny your claim is. The people who will usually look at your claim are examiners from the Disability Determination Services. Disability Determination Services (which can also go by different names, such as the Disability Determination Bureau,) are state-ran agencies that work on behalf of Social Security. There are hundreds of examiners that may work in an office to approve or deny the claims of those applying for Social Security benefits.
Obviously, the examiners aren’t going to check yes or no at a whim. The examiners have evidence they must look at, and it will determine whether or not you’re eligible.
First, they will look at the medical records you have. Those who are applying for Social Security submit as much up-to-date medical information as possible. If the medical records they receive do not have enough information, or are outdated, they may request that you have a consultative examination. This involves the applicant going to a doctor employed by Social Security. They will examine the applicant and send the results to the examiner.
Besides the CE, the examiner may contact you some more and request additional information. Make sure you have your educational and work history on you in case they contact you.
Once the examiner has all the information, they will decide whether or not you are qualified for benefits. They will look at your condition and see if it’s a disability. However, if it is a disability, you’re not done just yet. They may determine there is a job you can work at despite your disability, and this can make your claim rejected. This is known as the residual functional capacity, or RFC.
The examiner uses an RFC form and fills it out according to the medical information provided by the claimant in their disability application. There are also five criteria that must be met in order for your claim to be approved at this level. If the examiner believes all these criteria are met, then your claim should be approved.
The RFC is usually determined with the help of the medical consultant. They evaluate your condition and make sure this isn’t any job that you can perform. For example, if you can’t walk, they may reject your claim because there are jobs you can do that involve sitting down. If that happens, you may need to take your claim to court.
It can be a little frustrating knowing that your application for benefits is in the hands of one person.
The person may go through dozens of applications every day, and you may feel like it’s difficult to put careful examination into all of them. The examiners work hard to make sure your case is evaluated in a fair manner, but mistakes can be made. Certain medical documents can be overlooked. If you feel like your examiner made the wrong choice, it’s time to contact someone.
Contact Disability Help Center Nevada for more information. We are a Social Security disability attorney and advocacy group that is here to help. Besides answering your questions about applying for disability in Nevada, we provide help with all your social security needs.