When you suffer an injury or illness that leaves you unable to work and disabled, SSDI may help replace that lost income. The application process can be challenging and many applicants receive denials the first time.
If you receive a denial, you have the right to ask for reconsideration.
What is reconsideration?
As the name implies, reconsideration after an SSDI application denial simply asks for another review of your application. The process of reconsideration sends your application to a different team who review it as though it were an entirely new application, without any preconceived notions from the prior review. You can request reconsideration for up to 60 days following a denial.
Can you make changes for reconsideration?
If, after reviewing the denial, you see an opportunity to strengthen your application, you do have an opportunity to make those changes before you finalize the reconsideration request. If you address the denial reason when you make your changes, you may improve the chances of subsequent approval.
How do you handle reconsideration denial?
If you request reconsideration and receive a second denial, that is not the final determination. You can appeal the finding with an administrative law judge. The judge will review your application and the reasons for the denials.
Reconsideration plays a key role in the SSDI application process, especially as you learn to navigate the requirements and expectations. When you understand how reconsideration works and what you can expect, it makes the process less daunting. Read your SSDI denial closely and make the necessary changes for your reconsideration.