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Reconsideration is the first level of appeal in most states after denial of a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). There is a different procedure in Alabama, Alaska, California (Los Angeles area), Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York (Albany and Brooklyn areas), and Pennsylvania. (To learn more about the procedure in those states, see: Disability Redesign Prototype).

The letter denying your application for SSDI will tell you:

  • The reason for the denial of your claim. As a general matter, the reason will be that you are not eligible financially or not eligible medically.
  • The procedure for appealing the decision.
  • The deadline for filing the appeal. Social Security allows 60 days following a denial to file for Reconsideration.

It is generally worth filing for a Reconsideration.

Maximize your chances of getting an approval by taking the following steps:

Step 1. Consider using a disability lawyer to help.

Step.2. Create timelines.

Step 3. Pull together new evidence depending on the reason for the denial and whether you are applying for SSDI and/or SSI.

Step 4. When you complete the Request For Reconsideration Form, answer the questions in a manner that supports your argument.

If Reconsideration is denied, your next level of appeal is before an Administrative Law Judge.

  • The denial will describe the procedure and include a form called Request for a Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge (which you can see at: offsite link.)
  • Before you complete the form, to maximize your chances for a positive outcome, see Administrative Law Judge.
  • Social Security allows your 60 days plus 5 days for mailing time from the date of the denial to submit your request for an Administrative Law Judicial Hearing.

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