Reconsideration is a short step that comes after your initial application and before your hearing appeal. It is a chance for Social Security to look back on their first decision and “reconsider” if the decision was made correctly. Reconsideration does not happen in all states.
Does My State Have Reconsideration?
Some states removed the Reconsideration stage and then changed their mind and brought it back! This experiment was called prototype test states. As of March 2020, all states are set to bring back reconsideration.
Ho w To Request Reconsideration
Reconsideration forms are easier, shorter and simpler than the forms you filled out when you first applied. Here’s how you can complete them:
🌷 Online: Here is where you can Request reconsideration Online.
🌷 In Person: You can make an appointment at your local Social Security office and someone there will fill out all the forms with you. Tip: It’s better to schedule an appointment, or the wait may be very long.
🌷 By phone: If you cannot go into your local office, you may be able to request a phone appointment.
🌷 Through a lawyer: Here’s where you can hire a lawyer or representative. There is no cost upfront. Most of our readers report that their lawyers didn’t take any special steps to help their chances during reconsideration. But lawyers can help you fill out the basic forms and they can help more if you are denied again and go to a hearing.
🌷 The deadline is 60 days in their hands (not postmark). If you miss the deadline: What To Do If You Miss a Social Security Deadline
Improve Your Chances
🌷 If you wish, you can also enclose other things with your reconsideration application, and this can GREATLY improve your chances of a fair decision: How To Improve Your Request for Reconsideration
🌷 Also take a look at Veronica’s story. She has some great ideas and tips: Veronica Gets Approved During Reconsideration
🌷 Daisy helped her mom get approved during reconsideration. Here’s how they did it: Daisy Helps Her Mom Get Approved for Disability
🌷 Poppy’s mom helped her get approved during reconsideration. Here’s how they did it: How I Got Approved During Request for Reconsideration
🌷 Here’s a few questions you might be asked on reconsideration forms, along with strategies for making sure your answers are accurate, complete, and helpful: Tricky Questions on Reconsideration Forms
🌷You can request a copy of your file to see how the decision was made: How to Check Your File Your File During Reconsideration
🌷 If you have new material to submit, here’s tips for Best Way to Submit Documents for Reconsideration
🌷 Here’s a different approach: Some people decide not to make any effort during reconsideration and decide to just assume they will get denied at this stage: Getting Reconsideration Over Quickly
🌷 If you did not yet fill out an Adult Function Form, they may send it to you now. (May also be called “Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire”
🌷 If you did not already go to a visit with the Social Security doctor, you may be sent for one now.
🌷 Many people get denied because their important records never made it to their disability examiner. Don’t let this happen to you. How to Stay In Touch with Your Disability Examiner
🌷 This page is part of the free online guide: The Sleepy Girl Guide to Social Security Disability
🌷 Page Updated: 7/1/19
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