Reconsideration is a small, often fast, step that comes after initial applications. Some states have a reconsideration step and some do not.
Many lawyers do little or nothing to really improve your chances at this stage. I don’t want to say all, but I very rarely hear reports of lawyers taking special steps here. There is a lot you can do yourself.
Please prove me wrong! If your lawyer did something great to help you during reconsideration, please comment below.
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You do not need a lawyer for a reconsideration. You can get one if you want one.
Many people feel more peace of mind having a lawyer.
Most lawyers will not charge you anything now. They will get paid a percent of your backpay.
Most lawyers will have someone in their office who will ask you questions and fill out the reconsideration form for you. You can also do this same thing by making an appointment with a caseworker at Social Security who will ask you questions and fill out the form for you. Or you can fill it out yourself. It is not a very difficult form – much easier than your initial application.
Some, but not all, lawyers will collect your most recent medical records and send them to Social Security at this point. Check with your lawyer to see if they intend to do this right now. Some lawyers will wait a year or more before collecting and sending in new records.
Many people think reconsideration is a dud step, because only 7% are approved. Please don’t give up hope. From what I have seen, it is definitely possible to get approved during reconsideration if you are able to take a few extra steps to help your application, or if you have a friend or family member who can assist.
Lawyers cannot see your Social Security file electronically at this point. If you want to know what is in your file, you will have to find out yourself. If you want to know if any of your medical records are missing, you will have to find out yourself. Please don’t leave this to your lawyer. You will be disappointed.
Lawyers can be very helpful with appeals and hearings. That will happen in about two years from now. If you think that you will be appealing for the next two years, you might as well get your lawyer now. It doesn’t cost you anything extra to get one early.
In most cases, your lawyer will not tell you what you need to do to improve your application. That’s why you are here. I will tell you.
Don’t just take my word for it, take Patty’s word for it: How Patty’s Lawyer Never Told Her What She Needed to Know
Here is a list with some good places to find lawyers.
Updated May 2017