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Don’t Fear the Disability Examiner: Northern California SSDI Claims

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Once you’ve filed your application for SSI or SSDI benefits with a Northern California Social Security office, it is assigned to a disability examiner in the Disability Determination Services Division.

The examiner is responsible for the ultimate decision on your initial application. It’s understandable that you might feel intimidated by someone with so much power over the outcome of your case.

However, letting any resentment you may feel manifest in hostility towards the examiner will work against you.

Here are a few relatively simple things you can do to help the disability examiner—and ultimately help your case.

  • Promptly communicate any changes to your contact information or health prognosis.
  • Commission your doctor to complete an RFC form so you can submit it with your application—this not only offers a more accurate and compelling picture of your condition for DDS, but it will save the examiner a great deal of work.
  • Follow through on all consultative medical examinations the examiner schedules.
  • Ask if you can assist the examiner in gathering any of your medical, educational or employment records.
  • Retain the services of a skilled North Valley disability attorney. Legal representation will not only serve as your advocate and your liaison, they’ll also take charge of all the items on this list in a timely and professional manner.

To learn more about what Ledgerwood Law Firm can do for you, contact us today at 888-761-7383 and schedule a free consultation.

Category: Social Security Disability

Thomas Ledgerwood
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