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Social Security Disability Appeals: Your Guide to Reconsideration

Social Security disability benefits provide crucial economic support to those who need assistance. Unfortunately, getting a claim paid is not always so easy. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that as many as seven in ten SSDI/SSI claims are denied after an initial review. 

The good news is that you have the right to challenge a denial. You are not out of luck if your claim is denied. In this article, our Rogers, AR Social Security disability attorneys explain the key things you need to know about reconsideration and SSDI/SSI claims. 

Reconsideration is the First Level of Social Security Disability Appeal

Do you disagree with the initial decision made by the Social Security Administration? If so, you have the right to file an appeal. Reconsideration is the first step in the Social Security disability appeals process. To submit a Request for Reconsideration, use Form SSA-561. In many ways, the reconsideration phase of the claims process is similar to the initial application phase. A new claims examiner will take a fresh look at your application for benefits. 

You can and should submit any relevant supplemental evidence along with your reconsideration request. As an example, if you have additional medical records that were not included within your initial application, make sure that information gets into your file so that it can be reviewed during the reconsideration process. 

You Have 60 Days to Seek a Reconsideration

Social Security disability applicants must comply with all applicable deadlines. As a general rule, you have 60 days from the date of your denial letter to file a request for reconsideration. Do not wait too long to take action. If you fail to stick to the deadline, your request for reconsideration may not be reviewed. Take action as soon as possible after receiving a denial letter from Social Security. 

The Reconsideration Process Usually Takes One to Three Months

The SSDI/SSI appeal process varies depending on many different factors. Unfortunately, some disability applications can get caught up in the system and delays happen. That being said, reconsideration usually takes between one month and three months to get a new decision from the agency. 

If your Request for Reconsideration is successful, then you will be eligible to start receiving benefits immediately. If your SSDI/SSI claim is denied on reconsideration, you have the right to escalate your appeal. Remember, reconsideration is merely the initial step in the appeals process. An experienced disability appeals attorney can help you request and prepare for a hearing before an administrative law judge. 

Contact Our Social Security Disability Attorney for Immediate Help

At Gallo Cazort & Co. Law Firm, our Social Security disability lawyers provide personalized, trustworthy representation to the people who need it the most. If you have any questions or concerns about reconsideration, we are here to help. To get a free, no commitment review of your Social Security disability application, please contact us today. From our Rogers office, we represent people in Arkansas, Southwestern Missouri, and Eastern Oklahoma.