Stage 2: Reconsideration After Denial

If you’ve applied for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and received a notice of denial, don’t get discouraged — only about one-third of initial applications are approved. The majority of applications are denied during the initial attempt, and a denial is not final decision. Most states provide four more avenues to request review of your SSD claim in hopes of achieving an approval.

How to Ask for Reconsideration

The first time you are denied SSD benefits, you should go through the proper channels to submit an official Request for Reconsideration of the denial. Basically, you are asserting that you were wrongfully denied and asking the Social Security Administration review board to take a second look at your information. Keep in mind that you only have 60 days from the date of denial to file for the reconsideration. Also, the reconsideration step is not available in some states, so check with your SSD attorney.

If it feels like a lot of paperwork and you are intimidated by the procedural steps, you should consider the benefits of hiring a lawyer to assist you with all stages of the benefits application process.

Optimizing Your Chances of Reconsideration

Social Security Disability Insurance applicants need to follow certain protocol to ensure they are in the best position possible for acceptance. There are steps you can take to make sure you meet the requirements, but the path can be confusing, especially if you are trying to work through instructions on your own with no personal guidance.

With the help of a knowledgeable SSD attorney, you can improve your chances of being granted reconsideration. Not only will your lawyer help you through the comprehensive application process, he or she can be ready with a strategy if and when your application or request for reconsideration is rejected. In the event that you do not win a reconsideration, your attorney can provide details on the next avenue for action, the appeal hearing.

If you or a loved one is disabled and in need of SSD benefits, don’t waste time trying to navigate the complex SSD system on your own. Use our directory to help you find an SSD attorney near you who can simplify the process and enhance your chances of getting the benefits you deserve.