Why are 85% of Requests for Reconsideration Denied | Clearwater Social Security Disability Attorney

National statistics show that 85% of reconsiderations are denied. What an amazing number! Why do so many Requests for Reconsiderations get denied?

Your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits and the request for reconsideration is, in most states, referred to a state agency who had contracted with the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The initial examiner most always gets it wrong. Unless there is “in your face” evidence of disability, the examiner who looks at your file at the reconsideration stage is just going to rubber stamp the initial denial.

Many times a doctor on contract with the state agency will be asked to look at the medical evidence that has been gathered from your medical providers and asked to determine what your physical limitations are and your ability to function. It is not unusual for this doctor, who know nothing about you and who won’t examine you, to tell the state disability determination office you have the physical ability to go back to the lightest job you have done in the last 15 years. That means you lose at Hurdle 4!

The request for reconsideration is just a paper review. You don’t get to meet the examiner or introduce evidence about what your doctor says.

Records do not tell the whole story.

The sooner you get through the Request for Reconsideration stage the better! You want to get to the Administrative Law Judge so you can tell your story. Appeal without delay any denial of your Request for Reconsideration. For more information contact us here.

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