What is the Social Security Disability Income Reconsideration Process?

August 22, 2017

Many applicants incorrectly think that if their initial SSDI application is denied, they can immediately file a request for a hearing before an administrative law judge. That assumption is not correct. There is an intermediate step called the reconsideration process. While you could file a brand new application, the new application is likely to be denied for the same reasons as the original application. Worse, you won’t be any closer to having a hearing, which is your best chance for winning your claim.

Filing for reconsideration

You must file a claim for reconsideration in writing within 60 days of the date you get the notice that your initial application was declined. A reconsideration claim is heard by the same Social Security office, but not by the same examiner.

You can hire an attorney to file the reconsideration for you. An experienced Pennsylvania worker’s compensation lawyer will work to present:

  • All your relevant medical records
  • The opinions of your treating doctors about your condition
  • Evidence from chiropractors, physician assistants, licensed clinical social workers, and others who don’t qualify as acceptable medical sources
  • Evidence from teachers, counselors, and other relevant parties
  • Statements by family, friends, caregivers, and others about how your impairments affect your daily activities
  • Any determinations by other agencies about your disability status
  • Any other relevant information

The Social Security Disability reconsideration process takes about three to five months before a decision letter is sent.

The odds of winning at the reconsideration level are about 1 in 7, which means some applicants do win. For those who lose, they should have gathered their physical evidence and can proceed to the next stage – a full hearing where they can show the judge proof of their disability and have a lawyer advocate for them.

At Larry Pitt & Associates, our Philadelphia SSDI lawyers help applicants through each phase of their application process. We understand that the chances of winning your claim hinge on thorough preparation of your medical records and presentation of detailed evidence about your disability. To speak with an experienced caring attorney, please contact us at 888.PITT.LAW or complete our contact form. We represent applicants with disabilities before Social Security offices and judges throughout Philadelphia and the suburban counties of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery.