If you submitted an application for disability benefits and have been denied, you can file an appeal. Your first step in the process is to submit a request for reconsideration. Keep reading for important information regarding filling out and submitting your request for reconsideration.
How do you know your application has been denied?
If the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies your initial claim, they will inform you by sending you a formal written letter. This letter will provide you with specific information regarding your application and the reasons behind the denial. If you disagree with the content of the letter, you can begin your appeal.
What is a request for reconsideration?
A request for reconsideration is a form that alerts the SSA that you wish to appeal the initial decision on your disability application. Filling out this form is the first step of your application process.
Where can I find the request for reconsideration?
If you need to fill out this form, you can easily find it on the SSA’s website.
Reasons for an application denial
Generally there are two possible reasons the SSA will deny a claim. Your claim can be denied either for medical or non-medical reasons. If you need to appeal your decision, you will have to pick the correct form by clicking on a blue box on the web page.
Alternate ways to submit your appeal request
If you do not have access to the Internet or if you prefer more traditional methods, you have other options. If you prefer to fill out a hard copy of the form, you can download pdf copies of Form SSA-561 (Request for Reconsideration), Form SSA-3441 (Disability Report -Appeal) and Form SSA-827 (Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration). Then, all you need to do is print the forms, fill them out and submit them to the SSA either in person or through the mail.
Consult with a disability attorney
Even if you did not use a lawyer to help you with your initial application for disability benefits, you can still use one for your appeal. The appeals process can be a long and complicated process. Having legal representation by a lawyer who is well-versed in disability law can go a long way in helping you have your appeal accepted.
If you are ready to fill out your request for reconsideration, contact Clauson Law today. Our experienced and qualified staff can help you get the benefits you deserve.