TN 1 (11-02)
DI 12045.040 Death of Claimant – Reconsideration Level
This section provides field office (FO) instructions for processing a request for reconsideration if a claimant dies before processing is complete.
Contact the Disability Determination Services (DDS) to notify them of the claimant's death. Refer to DI 23510.005B.1. and DI 23510.035
2. Disability Determination Not Needed
Ask the DDS to return the disability claim if a disability determination is not needed (e.g., title II claimant dies during the waiting period).
3. Disability Determination Needed
If a disability determination is required, take the following actions:
Request the DDS to photocopy the printouts of postings of earnings to include with the disability claim, and
Ask the DDS to send to the FO the:
Printouts of posting,
Social Security Disability Denial Notice,
auxiliary applications, proofs, and any other non-medical evidence.
Forward auxiliary applications and development with any survivor claims to the PSC.
NOTE: Do not photocopy evidence that is part of the electronic claim file, i.e. MCS or MSSICS.