What is the Reconsideration Stage in the SSD Process?

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If an initial application for benefits is denied, you can file for reconsideration. In the reconsideration phase, the claim will be reviewed once more by the SSA. If it doesn’t make it past the second review, it requires a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

If your claim enters the reconsideration phase, don’t panic or lose hope – 70% of initial applications are denied by the SSA, regardless of validity. So it’s crucial to have a Social Security Disability attorney in your corner throughout the appeals process for your best chance at securing benefits.

The skilled SSD lawyers at DA Michigan will walk you through every step of the process, but it is almost essential to know what to expect from the claims, reconsideration, and appeals process, so you know what to expect. Here’s what you need to know about the reconsideration phase.

Filing for Reconsideration

If the SSA denies your application, you have 60 days from receiving the decision letter to file for reconsideration. If you miss the 60-day window, you have to start the application process from the beginning again.

When you file a reconsideration request, your application gets reviewed again by the SSA using the same rules as before. Therefore, you should expect a reconsideration decision letter from the SSA in three to five months. 

Reconsideration Process Tips

Approximately 86% of disability applications are denied in the reconsideration process. This is because most applications contain the same information as before, and the SSA reviews it the same way it did initially. Here are some tips for your best chance at your SSD application’s approval in the reconsideration phase.

1. Don’t start over. A common mistake applicants make is starting their application over from the beginning after a denial instead of filing for reconsideration. This is not necessary and will probably result in another denial. Instead, strengthen your existing claim with more key evidence, documentation, and medical records to prove your disability to the SSA. Then, file for reconsideration.

2. Provide the most up-to-date information Ensure that the medical evidence you provide in your application is recent. If not, schedule a doctor’s visit to update your records. This will boost your claim’s legitimacy and significantly increase your approval for benefits.

3. Speak with a Social Security Disability attorney.For your best chance at approval, consult with a skilled SSD lawyer. They are Social Security professionals who will manage your case from the initial application to reconsideration to appeals. This will give you the insight and professional legal counsel you need and the peace of mind you deserve.


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At the Disability Attorneys of Michigan, Social Security Disability is not only our sole area of focus but our calling. Helping the disabled community of Michigan is all we do, day in and day out. If you have recently become disabled and are struggling to make ends meet, help is available. Speak with us for free today for your best chance at receiving life-changing benefits.

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