When you get denied for Social Security disability benefits it is a frustrating and depressing experience. You may have been expecting it because the vast majority of applicants are denied twice and have to go before an Administrative Law Judge for a hearing before being approved for benefits. But that does not make it any easier to accept. No matter how frustrated you feel, remember this: If you meet Social Security’s definition of disabled, DON’T GIVE UP!
What Is Reconsideration?
Reconsideration is the first step in the appeals process in most states. (Some states, like Pennsylvania, are participating in a pilot project where there is no Reconsideration stage. In those states the appeal you file is a Request for Hearing.) At the Reconsideration stage you are basically asking for a second opinion. A new “examiner” will be assigned to your case. This is the person in charge of putting the file together and having it reviewed by the medical personnel who work for Social Security so that another decision can be issued. This process usually takes 3-6 months.
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