Workers who have become disabled have the option of filing for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Many of the applications received are denied when initially presented, but this is not the end of the road for the worker. There is a reconsideration and an appeals process. Fortunately, many applicants receive approval at one of these levels, so it is worthwhile to engage the services of a qualified social security attorney to tackle these steps in the process. The first level of review after denial is reconsideration.
Here is what you can expect if you seek reconsideration of denial of SSDI benefits:
• A reconsideration is just that, it is a second look at your existing application without the need to file a new claim.
• You have 60 days to seek reconsideration after receipt of the denial notice.
• If you do not submit your request for reconsideration within this timeframe, you will not have your claim reviewed but will have to file a new application and start the process over.
• The same office that looked at your initial application will perform the reconsideration review, but you will get a new examiner.
• During the reconsideration process you should be prepared to provide the SSA with different information regarding your medical condition and disability. This may require you to schedule follow up visits with your physician and get updated medical records.
We urge you to act fast when seeking reconsideration, because even though you have 60 days to do so, you will not receive a decision until you submit the request. So, the faster you ask for a reconsideration, the faster you will receive an answer about your benefits. If you are denied at reconsideration, you can then move on to the next step with is a disability appeal. Whatever stage of the process you are at, let us help. We focus on helping hurt workers get the benefits they deserve and look forward to helping you too.
If you have questions about SSDI benefits, what to expect on reconsideration, or need to file a disability appeal, call an experienced attorney for help. Contact us online today for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.