Every year, thousands of people apply for disability benefits in the United States. Unfortunately, many of these applications are denied when they are first submitted; however, there are options for those who feel like they have a legitimate disability claim. If your SSI or SSDI claim was denied, you can start by filing for reconsideration, which is the first step in the disability appeal process in most states. An SSDI attorney can help guide you through the reconsideration process, which is detailed below.
What is reconsideration?
The reconsideration process is very similar to the initial process used to apply for social security disability benefits; it requires that you submit a formal Request for Reconsideration within 60 days of your initial denial. If you try to file outside of the 60-day window, you’ll have to submit an entirely new disability request from scratch. In the reconsideration process, a different disability claims examiner will review your request and materials, including medical records, with the help of a medical consultant to make a decision about your eligibility for disability benefits. This parallels the initial disability claim process, except that your case has a different reviewer in order to eliminate bias. You can contact an attorney to help you with the paperwork for a Request for Reconsideration. Usually you will receive a decision within 8 weeks of submitting your reconsideration paperwork.
Should I file for reconsideration?
Reconsideration is almost always a good idea in the case that your initial disability application is denied, because although most claims for reconsideration are also denied, it is an essential first step in moving on with the appeals process. In most states, including Ohio, you have to file for reconsideration before getting an appeal hearing; the exception (where the first step in the process is the appeal hearing itself) is in Alabama, Alaska, California (Los Angeles North and Los Angeles West Branches only), Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, and Pennsylvania.
How do I pursue reconsideration?
Talk to your social security lawyer in Beachwood Ohio to learn how to pursue the disability reconsideration process in your local SSA branch. You can also rely on your SSDI attorney to help you through the next steps in the appeal process, including the appeal hearing, as well as what to do if your reconsideration claim is denied.