Disability Law: Why You Should File a Request for Reconsideration
Carl M. Weisbrod
It can be disheartening to receive a Social Security disability claim denial in the mail. As you read over your letter, you may think to yourself, “Is it even worth it to appeal? Why should I keep trying to get benefits?” The bottom line is that if you truly believe that you are too disabled to work and that you qualify for benefits, you should keep fighting.
Here are four good reasons to file a Request for Reconsideration:
- Your claim gets a fresh look by different examiners. When you submit a Request for Reconsideration, your file goes to a new medical expert and a new disability claim examiner. If the first medical consultant and examiner made a mistake in denying your claim, that mistake could be fixed through the reconsideration process.
- It’s a chance to get your story told right. If your claim was wrongfully denied, there’s a good chance you simply didn’t provide enough evidence to get benefits. Filing a Request for Reconsideration allows you to add medical records and other information that explains your disability and your inability to work.
- It’s a necessary step before an administrative law judge (ALJ) hearing. Even if your reconsideration is denied, filing a Request for Reconsideration is a necessary part of the appeals process and will get you on your way to an ALJ hearing. Many more people find success at this second level of appeals, where you get to speak face to face with a judge about your case.
- It can’t hurt. Other than putting in some extra time and effort to file paperwork, filing a Request for Reconsideration doesn’t have a downside. If you want a second chance to get Social Security disability benefits and if you believe that you deserve these payments, go for it.
Do you need assistance with the appeals process, or do you need legal advice regarding your case? The Texas disability attorneys at Morgan & Weisbrod can help. Call us today at 800-800-6353 to learn more about our legal services.
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