Request for Reconsideration: What it is and Where to Start


Social Security disability benefits are an extremely helpful resource for disabled people. However, winning a disability claim is no easy task. There is a good chance your initial claim will be denied. Because of this, it is crucial that you understand how to file a request for reconsideration. This is the first step in the appeals process. Many applicants whose claims are denied have better success after filing one of these requests. The attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group can help you at this and every other stage of the disability claims process.

What is a Request for Reconsideration?

A request for reconsideration is, essentially, you asking the Social Security Administration to look at your case again. The SSA often makes incorrect judgments during their first review of a claim, but a closer look can mean better results for you. You should file one of these requests after being denied one time. If you are denied again, you should request a hearing before an administrative law judge.

How Do I File a Request for Reconsideration?

You will submit a request form along with two other documents — an appeal report and an information disclosure agreement. The “Request for Reconsideration” form asks for your personal details and some basic information about your case. On the appeal report, you can update information about your medical condition, health care providers, and work history. Once you submit these documents, the SSA will take another look at your claim.

How Often are Requests Successful?

You will usually receive an answer to a request for reconsideration after about 1-4 months. Around 90% of claims are denied a second time. If this happens to you, you should request a hearing.

Dealing with the SSA and the complex disability claims process can be frustrating, especially when denials start coming. Our experienced disability lawyers know how to help you get what you need. We take pride in building the strongest cases for our clients. If you have questions about your claim or need help overcoming the next obstacle in the claims process, contact us today. We can sit down together and figure out what your best next step is.