Respond Promptly to the DDS

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Find out why you need to respond promptly to any requests from Disability Determination Services, which can ensure they record the earliest possible disability onset date.

Dear Disability Advisor,

My SSI and SSD case has been at the disability determination office for 8 months. Lots of medical records late etc. But I got a call out of blue today from local office saying please call us back promptly. The lady said your caseworker at disability determination wants me to verify your employment dates from 2 years ago. I asked her was I approved she said all I can say is why would they want your work history clarified if it were just a denial. So now when I call the DDS, they say the appeal was sent back to local office but no letter. SSA site says can’t provide information at this time. I have called caseworkers, 800 number, etc. anyone else got that weird phone call?


Dear Carl,

It is important to provide the dates that you worked because DDS is close to making a decision on your claim. To figure out the correct earliest disability onset date, they have to know how long you worked. If your work earnings were below the substantial gainful activity (SGA) level in those years ($1,070 in 2014 and $1,090 in 2015), also include the most you earned in any of the months.

Once you have provided the information, your appeal will be transferred back to DDS to complete the medical review and give you a decision. An approval is being considered, but your disability onset date and whether you became disabled while still insured cannot be determined and an approval or a denial cannot be finalized until DDS receives the dates.

The Disability Advisor

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