Disability Examiner

Definition - What does Disability Examiner mean?

A disability examiner is an individual employed by Disability Determination Services (DDS) to determine the medical eligibility of claimants applying for Social Security Disability benefits. The decision by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) to grant a disabled individual Social Security Disability benefits mainly relies on the claimant's residual functional capacity assessment prepared by a disability examiner.

Justipedia explains Disability Examiner

The U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) provides disability benefits only to those disabled individuals, who are unable to perform any work. To determine a claimant's eligibility for receiving disability benefits, SSA sends the claims to Disability Determination Services (DDS) which is a state level agency. DDS employs disability claims examiners, also known as disability examiners. The main job function of a disability examiner is to analyze medical records, gather information and use them in determining the severity and validity of a claimant's disability.

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