It’s almost impossible to believe: you spent weeks getting your application materials together, only to receive a letter that your Social Security disability request has been denied. You’re still unable to work and have medical bills piling up, so how can you get the payments you deserve?

The truth is that over half of all disability applications are denied the first time, usually due to incomplete information. Thankfully, all denied applicants can challenge the decision by re-applying via the Social Security disability Request for Reconsideration: a one-page document that notifies the office that you intend to appeal.

Here are a few things you need to know about the request before you begin your appeal:

  • A representative may file a Request for Reconsideration on your behalf.
  • To complete the Request for Reconsideration form, you will need your name, address, Social Security Number, the type of claim, and reasons for appeal. Most of this information is listed on your notice of decision.
  • You must be as specific as possible when entering the reasons for filing your appeal. If you need additional space, enclose a separate document containing your explanation and attach copies to each form.
  • You must include a Reconsideration Disability Report with your appeal. This form asks for any new information about your injury, such as a change in the severity of your condition, any additional limitations or restrictions you have suffered, new hospital visits, and changes in your daily activities since first applying.
  • You may choose to have an attorney look over your claim to better determine why the original application was denied. Your representative can obtain the original application from your local SSA office.
  • Once the appeal is complete, you should request a date-stamped copy from the local SSA field office for proof of the date that you filed your appeal. If you are mailing your appeal forms, you may send them certified mail to ensure that you receive proof that your forms were received.
  • All Requests for Reconsideration must be filed with the SSA within 60 days of the date that you received your original decision notice.

If you are unsure of why your application was denied, New Jersey social security lawyer Manfred F. Ricciardelli Jr. can examine your case and help you get the payments you deserve. Call our offices today at 877-360-0183 for help with your disability request for reconsideration, or click the link on this page to set up your FREE, one-on-one consultation.

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