How To File A Request For Reconsideration
What happens if you apply for benefits and receive a denial? Some people make the mistake of thinking they should give up. Do not give up, because the majority of people are denied once they file their application for disability benefits, even if they have terminal cancer. What you need to do is file a Request for Reconsideration. The initial denial notice that you receive from the Social Security Administration gives you 60 days from the date you receive the decision to appeal the denial. If you don’t submit your Request for Reconsideration in the 60 day time frame, the SSA will require you to start the application process all over again, which is a huge waste of your time. Instead of giving up or filing a new application, send in your request to have your case reviewed again and do it within the proper 60 day time frame.
While it is true that the same SSA office who denied your initial application will review your disability case, it will not be the same examiner who reviews the evidence at the reconsideration level. Therefore, it is essential to submit any additional or updated medical evidence at the time of reconsideration, so the new examiner can determine if you are disabled. It is also essential to attend a psychological or physical evaluation if the SSA decides to send you to one of their physicians in order to obtain more evidence about your disabling condition.
Even if you submit all of your medical information and fill out the SSA forms perfectly, you may still be denied by the SSA. Please remember that across the country approximately 86 percent of disability claims are denied at the reconsideration level. This may be a shocking number, but it is what it is and the only way to obtain your benefits and prove disability is to soldier on. Do not give up. If you are denied at the initial or reconsideration level or if you just want help applying for benefits, we are here for you. Hiring an attorney to help you with your claim will increase your chances of winning disability benefits. You can contact our office, Cannon Disability Law, for free and we will answer your questions about the disability process.