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How reconsideration works when appealing a denied SSDI claim

On Behalf of | Feb 6, 2024 | Social Security Disability |

Navigating the Social Security Disability Insurance claims process can be challenging, especially if the U.S. Social Security Administration denies your initial claim. However, after a denial, you have the right to appeal the decision through a multi-step process.

The first stage of the appeals process is the “reconsideration” stage. During this stage, a different examiner reviews your claim to reassess your eligibility for benefits.

Submitting a request for reconsideration

To start the reconsideration stage of the appeals process, you must submit a formal request for reconsideration. This request should include any additional medical evidence or documentation that supports your claim for disability benefits. The SSA will assign your case to a different examiner who will review your application and any new evidence you provide.

Reevaluating your claim

The new examiner will assess whether the initial decision to deny your claim was appropriate based on the available medical evidence and documentation. It is worth noting that the reconsideration stage does not involve an in-person hearing or meeting with the examiner. Instead, the decision comes after a thorough review of your case file.

Receiving a reconsideration decision

After reviewing your SSDI claim, the examiner will issue a reconsideration decision. The decision either affirms or overturns the initial denial of benefits. If your claim receives approval during the reconsideration stage, you will begin receiving SSDI benefits. However, if the second examiner also denies your claim, you have the option to further appeal the decision before an administrative law judge.

AARP reports that the average wait time after requesting a reconsideration is about seven months. By understanding how the reconsideration stage works and submitting all necessary documentation, applicants can increase their chances of overturning a denied claim.