Filing a Request for Reconsideration and The Odds | Clearwater Social Security Disability Lawyer

If you file for Social Security Disability benefits and are denied, you should appeal by filing what is called a Request for Reconsideration. This is the second stage in the social security disability process. You must file your reconsideration within 60 days, plus 5 days for mailing, of the denial of your initial disability application.

What are the odds of getting approved at the reconsideration level (recon)? The average denial rate is 85%. Wow!

The request for reconsideration goes back to the same folks who denied your claim the first time. A state agency, referred to as DDS, or disability determination services, reviews both the initial application and the request for reconsideration. The process is the same but a different person looks at the request for reconsideration. Same result just a different person!

So, why bother to file a Request for Reconsideration if 85% are turned down? Because if you don’t file a Request for Reconsideration and change your mind 65 days later, you get to START all over again. More importantly, you have to jump through the Reconsideration hoop to get a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)  where the odds of success are significantly greater.

Don’t be discouraged! Just file your Request for Reconsideration so you can jump the next hurdle. Don’t stumble and don’t delay! Contact experienced Social Security Disability Lawyers Cavey & Barrett today!

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