Disability Determination

Disability Determination Services(DDS) is a state agency that completes the disability decision for the Social Security Administration after examining all the relevant facts in your case. DDS employs Disability Examiners who review all the medical evidence from your doctors, hospitals, clinics or institutions where you have been treated. They will ask your doctors to answer the following questions:
  • What is your medical condition?
  • When did your medical condition(s) begin?
  • What have the medical tests shown?
  • What treatments have you received?
  • How does your medical condition limit your activities?
  • How does your condition affect your ability to do work-related activities such as walking, sitting, lifting, carrying and remembering instructions?

Doctor with recordsThe Disability Determination Services office will not ask your doctor to decide if you are disabled. But, they might need to seek more medical information before they make the final determination. 

You may be asked to go for a special examination performed by your doctor or by another professional.


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