North Carolina residents who submit a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance should be aware of how their work history and medical records are used in the ultimate determination. A claimant's work history and medical records will be reviewed by a disability examiner at the Disability Determination Services.
Claims are sent to the DDS after claimants have contacted the Social Security Administration and undergone their disability interview and the application is on file. The disability examiners will first work on obtaining the necessary medical records. Using the information that the claimants provide when they filed their SSDI or SSI applications, the examiners will issue letters to the physicians and hospitals that provided the treatment to the claimants.
Obtaining the medical records is the part of the process that accounts for the majority of the waiting time. It can be as little as a few weeks or as long as several months before the records are received. Disability examiners sometimes have to make repeated follow-up calls and resend their requests for records to the same medical facilities. Once the medical records are in their possession, the disability examiners will work with the assigned medical physicians to determine the residual functional capacity of the claimants.
After a claimant's RFC have been rated, the ratings will be compared to the work the claimant conducted in the past. The requirements of the claimant's previous job and the state of their current capabilities will help determine if they are capable of going back to work or no longer able to perform the same work.
An attorney who handles Social Security Disability Insurance cases may guide a client seeking disability benefits through the process of filing or appealing a claim. If necessary, the attorney may advocate on behalf of a client at disability hearings.