Notify the Disability Determination Services (DDS), Disability Processing Branch (DPB)
or Office of Disability Operations (OCO/ODO) when a claimant dies before the claim
has a final determination. For claims entered into Electronic Disability Collect System
(EDCS), see Alerts, Flags, and Messages in the Electronic Disability Collect System
(EDCS) - DI 81010.080.
If a claimant dies after the waiting period ends (no waiting period is involved in
childhood disability claims or in certain subsequent claims), determine the relationship
between the impairment and the cause of death since this information may be helpful
to the DDS, DPB or ODO.