For every disability claim, the Disability Determination Services (DDS) is contracted to determine what medical conditions you have, and how they affect you. The forms or questionnaires that DDS send are an important way they gather information about how your impairments affect you personally. Impairments can affect people very differently, so DDS needs to know how the impairment affects you. Thus, they will send you questionnaires so that you can provide information about you daily activities and, if applicable, your symptoms like pain, headaches or seizures, etc..

The questionnaires are time-sensitive.

The cover letter accompanying the forms will state how long you have to return them; usually 10-20 days. If you don’t complete the forms, it will negatively affect your case, and could even lead to a dismissal for failure to cooperate or failure to provide sufficient evidence of disability. The forms are fairly straightforward and many of the questions will be easy. It is important that you answer every question, even if that means estimating an occasional answer or writing “not applicable” where appropriate. It is also important to answer truthfully and to not exaggerate your answers.

If you have any questions about the forms you received from DDS, please call me. I can be reached at 303-792-5595.

Additional Resources: Colorado Social Security Disability Lawyers

Steven R. Earl

Steven R. Earl

Steven is a Colorado Social Security Disability lawyer, and has represented more than 1,000 individuals in their claims for Social Security Disability benefits. Steven regularly appears before Colorado Social Security Administrative Law Judges and has successfully appealed cases to the Social Security Administration Appeals Council and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

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