Evidence Required by DDS For Case Documentation

Medical Information

Vocational Information, if necessary

  • A history of all work performed in the 15 years prior to adjudication
  • A description of exertional level and skill requirements for each job
  • Educational history

When all required medical/vocational information is received, the disability examiner and staff physician and/or psychologist carefully evaluate each claim, using a sequential evaluation process.

Sources of Information

The following people or agencies can help supply the information that is needed to process a claim for disability benefits.

  • Treating Physicians/Psychologists
  • Clinic and Hospital records
  • School records (IEP, IQ evaluations, etc.)
  • Consultative Examinations authorized by the DDS
    - by panel physicians/psychologists
    - by attending physicians/psychologists
  • Non-physician health care professionals
  • Observations by friends, relatives, acquaintances.

This information is provided by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.