Residual Functional Capacity

Residual Functional Capacity A Residual Functional Capacity Form (RFC) assesses the most amount of work that you can do despite the limitations from your disability. This RFC form will be filled out at the request of the DDS examiner by a DDS physician or psychiatrist who reviews the medical evidence in your file to gather  … Read more

What is a Consultative Exam?

What is a Consultative Exam? A Consultative Exam (CE) is a medical examination. Some people who have applied for social security disability benefits are asked to have a consultative exam by the DDS examiner who is handling their claim. You will receive a letter asking for a consultative exam if one is needed. If your  … Read more

Who is a DDS Examiner?

DDS Examiner The Disability Determination Services employs examiners whose job is to determine whether the claimant is considered blind or disabled according to the law. The examiner uses an RFC form (Residual Functional Capacity) and fills it out according to the medical information provided by the claimant in their disability application. There are also five  … Read more

Disability Determination Services

What is Disability Determination Services? The office of Disability Determination Services is often referred to as the DDS. DDS is the department that decides whether a person is medically eligible – whether physically or mentally – to qualify for disability benefits. Before an application is sent to the DDS, it is looked over and non-medical  … Read more

The Steps to your Initial Disability Determination

The Steps to your Initial Disability Determination Once your application arrives at the Disability Determination Services (DDS), your case is assigned to an examiner. The DDS examiners job is to use the information provided in your application to see if you meet the criteria for disability benefits. These criteria are: 1. Are you working at  … Read more

Initial Disability Application

Initial Disability Application There are several different steps that your initial disability application will go through. It is important to be specific and completely fill out the application before it is submitted. The application forms will ask you to describe your disability (physical or mental), treatments you have received, medications you have or are currently  … Read more