What Information Does Social Security Use To Answer The Questions About Your Disability?
Whether your medical condition is sufficient to make you eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits is determined by a state agency usually known as the Disability Determination Service (DDS.)
In order to make an evaluation, the DDS analyst will use the medical records from your doctors and from hospitals, clinics, or institutions where you have been treated and all the other information they have.
On the medical report forms, your doctors or other sources are asked for a medical history of your condition:
- What is wrong with you.
- When it began.
- How it limits your activities.
- What medical tests have shown.
- What treatment you have received.
- What is the prediction about the future of your health condition.
- What is your ability to do work-related activities, such as walking, sitting, lifting, and carrying.
- Your doctors are not asked to decide whether you are disabled.
- For more information on medical reports, and information to provide your doctor, see Medical Records.
If the evaluator requires more medical information before your case can be decided, you may be asked to take a special examination called a consultative examination. Social Security will pay for the examination and for certain travel expenses related to it. For more about this examination, including the possibility of using your own doctor to conduct the exam, see consultative examination.
If You Have Been Determined To Be Disabled Under Other Programs: The rules for determining disability are different from the disability rules in other government and private programs. However, a decision made by another agency and the medical reports it obtains may be considered in determining whether you are disabled under Social Security rules, although you will have to provide copies of them to Social Security.