May 15, 2009

Indiana Residents Filing a Request for Reconsideration

If your initial application for Social Security Disability Benefits has been denied and you disagree with this decision, you must file the following forms to keep the claims process moving forward:

  • Request for Reconsideration (SSA-561-U2);
  • Reconsideration Disability Report (SSA-3441-F6); and
  • Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration (SSA-827).

This is the first level of appeal after your initial denial. In simple terms, by filing these forms you are saying to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that they have made a mistake by not granting you Social Security disability benefits and they need to take another look at your claim.

It is important to note that the SSA states that you have 60 days from the date of the initial claim denial to file a Request for Reconsideration, although it’s assumed that you received the letter five days after it was dated so actually you have 65 days.  If an Indiana claimant is untimely in filing the Request for Reconsideration within that allotted time, chances are he will be forced to start at the initial claim stage over again.  There are exceptions to this 60 day requirement.  If you can show good cause as to why you have filed late, you must supply the SSA with a reasonable explanation as to why the Request for Reconsideration is being filed late.

Filling the required forms is not difficult.  Once filed, a Disability Examiner evaluates the claim.  Social Security claimants should remember that the majority of these Requests for Reconsideration claims are denied and result at the hearing level in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

Remember, Social Security’s denial of your claim is not a personal attack on you.  The people who make these decisions do not know you or your case and most likely do not have all of the evidence they need to make a favorable decision.  It is your job to be diligent and stay the course.  It can be a long journey, but it is one Indiana claimant’s can potentially win.  If Indiana residents need help filing these forms they can contact Indianapolis Social Security Attorney Scott D. Lewis.  Attorney Scott Lewis offers a free consultation and will help answer questions you have about the Social Security process.

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