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Definition of Disability Examiner

The disability examiner is an employee of the Social Security Administration (SSA). Their job function is to review a claimant's medical eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). They do this by requesting medical information from the claimant's medical doctors. Claimants who have not been to the doctor or who do not have sufficient medical evidence to prove they are disabled may be required by the disability examiner to go to a consultative examination.

Disability examiners make their disability determinations by reviewing the claimant's medical records. If the claimant's condition is severe enough they may be determined automatically disabled. If not, the disability examiner will review the claimant's work history, their ability to retrain for new work, and their education to determine if they can win benefits through a medical vocational allowance.

Disability examiners generally work at the Disability Determination Services offices within each state. They work in conjunction with medical consultants, who are doctors working at the SSA, to make the disability determination.

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