How does SSDI reconsideration work?

On Behalf of | May 24, 2021 | Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Insurance benefits could provide a financial lifeline to persons unable to work. The Social Security Administration requires applicants to meet all criteria for approval or face a denial of benefits. New Jersey residents who receive a denial letter might not realize an appeals process exists. A successful appeal could lead to the initial denial’s reversal.

Dealing with an SSDI denial

After applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, a claim may face rejection due to an incomplete application or a lack of sufficient medical evidence. The usual first step to follow involves requesting a reconsideration. Completing hardcopy forms and mailing them to a Social Security Administration office is one way to execute the process. The applicant may do so online, as well.

Sometimes, the applicant might need to submit further information. Including additional evidence, such as recent medical records, could suffice. If the reconsideration does not go as hoped, other options might be worth pursuing. Requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge could be necessary.

Avoiding problems during reconsideration

A person who lacks knowledge about SSDI benefits and the claims process could struggle with completing the reconsideration process effectively. An attorney might help a client avoid making mistakes when requesting reconsideration. If approved, the claimant would not need to deal with an administrative court or an appeals hearing.

If the claimant must appear before a judge or administrative hearing, an attorney could provide valuable representation. A lack of experience could hurt a claimant intending to represent him or herself.

When reconsideration, an administrative hearing, and an appeal before a judge fail, a lawsuit may reflect another option. An attorney could prepare a lawsuit for federal court. During the suit, the attorney might present evidence intended to reverse the denial.