Each week thousands of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits applications are received by the Social Security Administration.  Due to the vast number of applications, most claimants are denied Social Security benefits during the initial application stage.

columbus_reconsideration_therapyA Social Security disability denial does not, however, preclude an applicant from benefits.  In fact, most SSDI benefits and SSI benefits are awarded after a Social Security disability appeal is made.  After your initial SSDI claim or SSI claim is denied, your next option is to file an appeal to have your application reviewed once again.  This stage of the appeals process is called the request for reconsideration.  During this time, it is important for you to contact the experienced Social Security disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Bergman & Yiangou for a free initial consultation.  Our knowledgeable SSDI and SSI lawyers understand the frustrations caused by SSDI or SSI denials and will help explain the appeals process to you.

What is a request for reconsideration?

A request for reconsideration of the denial of SSDI benefits or SSI benefits is the first stage of the appeals process and the second stage of the application process.  During this stage of a Social Security disability appeal, someone who did not review your initial application will review your file.  This step is very similar to the initial application stage, and a claims or disability analyst will review your case, including previously and newly submitted medical records and evidence, to determine if you qualify for Social Security benefits.  During this stage, you may be contacted by the staff of the Social Security Administration with requests for additional medical information or a request to schedule an examination by one of the administration’s doctors.

When must a request for reconsideration be filed?

A request for reconsideration must be filed within sixty (60) days from the date listed in your denial of SSDI benefits or SSI benefits.  If the request for reconsideration is not filed within this time frame, you will typically have to reapply for benefits.  Requests for reconsideration can be filed after the sixty day time frame; however, you must offer a reasonable explanation for why the appeal is late.

What information must I provide during the request for consideration stage?

During the request for reconsideration stage, the Social Security Administration will review your initial application.  No additional documents are needed at this stage; however, you can submit additional information during the request for reconsideration stage to help support your case.  This information can include additional medical records or statements from physicians which indicate the extent of your disability and your inability to continue work.

How often are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI benefits) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI benefits) claims denied?

Unfortunately, most Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claims are again denied during the request for reconsideration process.  Most Social Security disability claims must be taken to the third stage of the application process – a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

Having an experienced SSDI or SSI attorney handle your Social Security disability appeal can be extremely beneficial.  A lawyer who is experienced at handling Social Security requests for reconsideration can save you valuable time, money, and stress.

Contact the knowledgeable Social Security disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Bergman & Yiangou today for your free consultation.  Our attorneys will help guide you through the complicated appeal and request for reconsideration process so that no costly mistakes are made and you receive the benefits you deserve.