Have you been recently denied Social Security benefits? Are you at a loss of what to do? The Social Security Administration (SSA) has an appeals process called reconsideration that you can pursue to attempt to reverse the decision. Not every appeal is granted, but an experienced Social Security attorney can help guide you through the process. Here are the basics about reconsideration:
How Does Reconsideration Work?
If you received an unfavorable decision from the Social Security Administration, you can appeal it even if you are already receiving some sort of benefits. Once you file a reconsideration request, your case will be sent to a different disability examiner than the one who denied your initial claim. This ensures that a new set of eyes looks at your situation to determine your benefits status. You will never meet with the disability examiner, and he or she will only be able to look at your attached evidence and completed forms.
What Do I Need to Prove?
If you want to change the ruling in your case, you will have to present new information to convince the examiner that you deserve the benefits. Therefore, you should attach evidence that shows the original determination was incorrect by painting a broader and more specific picture. This can include medical bills, doctors’ statements, letters, pay stubs, termination letters, and other documentation showing your need for aid.
What Are My Chances?
Nationwide, chances of winning at reconsideration are only about 20%. This means that 80% of applicants who appeal their denials do not receive the benefits they petitioned for. However, a Social Security attorney can help you mount the best possible case for reconsideration.
If your Social Security benefits were recently denied or decreased, consider reconsideration! An experienced attorney can help you collect and submit convicting evidence and mount an effective case. If you live in the Tri-State area, call Social Security lawyer Todd M. Berk at (215) 687-4432 today!
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