What is a “Request for Reconsideration”?

If you have filed an initial claim for Social Security disability benefits and have been denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), but disagree with this decision, you will file a form called “Request for Reconsideration.”  This is the first step in appealing the SSA’s decision about your claim.  Filing a “Request for Reconsideration” is letting the SSA know that you disagree with their decision and would like your claim to be reconsidered.

The SSA will give full reconsideration of your claim.  A complete review of your claim will be conducted by someone that did not review and decide on your claim initially.  The SSA will review all the evidence that was submitted with the initial claim and any new evidence that you may have to support your claim.  Majority of the time, the reconsideration of your claim will not require you to be present during the review.  Although, if you are denied Social Security disability benefits because your disability has improved, you may meet with a SSA representative to explain why you believe that your disability still exist.

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