If a claimant dies before the FO sends the disability claim to the DDS, abatement
may be appropriate. For more information about abatement, i.e., disposing of an application
without making a determination, see GN 01010.475 Abatements.
However, there may be situations in which we need more information to determine if
the claim should be routed to the DDS for a medical determination. For information
and instructions about these claims and the protective filing associated, see:
DI 11010.095 Claimant Dies Before Field Office (FO) Transmits Title II Claim(s), and
NOTE: Claim processing on a deceased beneficiaries record should only continue if someone
is eligible to receive the deceased claimants’ underpayment. If there are, no potential
claimants then follow normal abatement procedures.