If an individual's disability application is denied by the Disability Determination Services (DDS) at the Initial Stage, the claimant can appeal the unfavorable determination with the Social Security Administration. This is also called a "request for reconsideration."
You can file this appeal online with the Social Security Administration. The appeal must be filed within 60 days of receiving notice of the initial denial.
The Reconsideration Stage
After filing for appeal, your application will be reviewed by the same DDS office that reviewed your initial application. However, different medical examiners will review your reconsideration appeal than those who assessed the initial denial.
Still, unlike the Initial Stage, where approximately 35% of claims are approved - the Reconsideration Stage sees only around 12-15% of cases approved each year. In general, getting a decision in the Reconsideration Stage takes approximately 3 to 6 months.
It is important to review the initial DDS denial to try to spot potential mistakes. For example, the initial DDS examiners might have failed to consider evidence you submitted. In addition, there might have been a technical reason that your claim was denied at the Initial Stage.
You also might have additional medical evidence from treatment that occurred after you filed your initial claim for disability. You should be certain to send the Social Security Administration updated medical records whenever possible.
Contact The Moss Disability Group
A knowledgeable disability attorney can help assess the reasons for your initial denial and determine the best path forward to get that decision reversed.
The Moss Disability Group is here to represent and guide you throughout the disability application process, including the Reconsideration Stage. Contact us to see if we can help you receive the disability payments you deserve.
- You can file your reconsideration appeal online.
- It generally takes an additional 3 to 6 months to receive a Reconsideration Stage decision.
- Approximately 12-15% of disability claims are approved at the Reconsideration Stage.
- It is important to carefully assess the initial denial from DDS and determine the best path forward to achieve a favorable determination.