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Qualifying for SSDI benefits will I have to take a test?

Many Social Security Disability Insurance applicants (SSDI) are curious about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes their disability determination. One of the most common questions is, “Do I have to see a special doctor or do I have to take a special evaluation to receive benefits?” This blog will address this question and other issues for qualifying for SSDI.

Is Qualifying for SSDI as simple as taking test?

Unfortunately, qualifying for SSDI will not be as simple as seeing a doctor and taking some type of evaluation or test. In fact, it is likely the SSA will not send you to a doctor at all. So if you don’t take a test and the SSA does not send you to the doctor how do you qualify for benefits?

First, the SSA will determine if you meet the nomedical requirements for SSDI benefits. For instance, do you have enough work credits to be considered insured, are you currently working and is your condition going to last at least 12 continuous months?

Assuming you meet the nonmedical requirements for qualifying for SSDI, then the SSA will evaluate your current medical records by requesting your current medical file from your treating doctors.

What if you don’t have a doctor or the SSA cannot decide if you qualify for SSDI by reviewing your medical records? The SSA will send you to a consultative examiner who provides additional information about your condition.

Will the Consultative Examiner give me a medical test?

When you meet with your consultative examiner they may have a series of questions or tests they will ask you to complete to get a better understanding of your functional ability to work, but this will be the only type of test you might be required to perform for the SSA.

Most claimants complain that the C.E. examination last no more than 5 to 10 minutes and does not allow for a comprehensive and conclusive diagnosis and evaluation for their condition.

Qualifying for SSDI is about having great medical records

So what is the most important thing for qualifying for SSDI benefits? The most important thing you can do is make sure you get great medical care and your doctor clearly states why you do not have the ability to work. Although you do not need a “doctor’s note” stating you are disabled (and a note does not guarantee you will be approved) it is beneficial to your case if you have a doctor who is “on your side” and is willing to provide you with good medical information to substantiate the notion you are disabled and cannot work.

Qualifying for SSDI and hiring a lawyer

Claimants often ask if they need to hire a disability lawyer. Not all claimants will need legal help. In fact, there are many claimants who can get SSDI benefits due to the severity of their condition. Before talking to a lawyer, review our website and determine if you meet the nonmedical requirements for SSDI. If you do, review the SSA listing of impairments for more information about the conditions and symptoms the SSA will consider automatically disabling
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