When the U.S. Social Security Administration denies your application for Social Security Disability Insurance, it can be a distressing experience. However, the good news is that the Social Security Administration provides an appeals process that gives you a way to challenge the decision.
The first step in this process is the “reconsideration stage.”
After receiving a denial notice for your SSDI claim, you have the option of asking for a reconsideration. During this stage, a different team of SSA professionals reviews your case. The team will take a fresh look at all the evidence you submitted, including your medical records, work history and any additional documents you provide to support your claim.
Completing the reconsideration form
When requesting reconsideration, you must complete a reconsideration form, which is available on the SSA’s website or at your local SSA office. This form asks for updated information about your medical condition, including any changes in your treatment, medications or health care providers. Be thorough and accurate when completing this step to ensure that the SSA has a full understanding of your current situation.
Anticipating next steps
If the SSA denies your request for reconsideration, try not to lose hope. It is not uncommon for the SSA to deny claims, and only about 21% of applicants have their SSDI claims approved the first time around. You still have further appeal options available.
While the process of applying for SSDI and appealing a denied claim may take time, persistence can pay off, and many individuals ultimately receive the SSDI benefits they deserve through the appeals process.