What You Need to Know about Request for Reconsideration

What Is Request For Reconsideration? How Does It Work? How Can You Boost Your Chances of Success?

If your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) gets denied, don’t despair. In Georgia, only about one-quarter of applicants receive SSDI approval on their initial application. You may file a Request for Reconsideration – also known as the first appeal – to overturn the Social Security Administration’s denial of your claim. The reconsideration request must be filed within 60 days of the initial claim’s denial, but the sooner it is filed, the better. Miss this deadline, and you must start the entire application process from square one.

Only about 12 percent of reconsideration requests are approved in Georgia, but there are a few ways you can boost these long odds in your favor – for instance, you can hire a qualified SSDI lawyer to guide and advise you.

Request for Reconsideration

The Request for Reconsideration is the first appeal a denied claimant may file in Georgia. It is conducted exactly the same way as your first application, except that another disability examiner and physician evaluate your case.

Refuting Denial

You are permitted to get a copy of your claim file from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and review it. While the SSA will not necessarily release all of the doctor’s reports, your lawyer should be able to get this information. If you and your attorney believe the reasons given for the denial are in error, you can refute them for the Request for Reconsideration.

New Material

Provide relevant new material to your reconsideration request. For instance: updates about your doctor’s visits, medication and new treatments.

Look over your initial application carefully, and make sure you did not leave out any pertinent information regarding your medical condition or work history. An unintentional omission could have made the difference in the original denial, and it could affect the Request for Reconsideration.

Another Step

It can take eight or nine months for a reconsideration decision. Even if your Request for Reconsideration is denied, that does not have to be the end of the line for your claim. The next phase could involve an appearance before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

A qualified Social Security Disability attorney can help you with the complicated SSDI application process. If your initial SSDI claim got rejected, please call the seasoned team at Smith Wallis, and Scott, LLP at 770-214-2500 for a private case evaluation, or explore more resources here.

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