When you are denied Social Security Disability benefits, you may feel stressed and disappointed. However, our Social Security Disability attorneys in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina can help you request a reconsideration of the decision.
At Pilzer Klein, our team is dedicated to helping you get the benefits you need after you’ve been denied. Our Social Security Disability lawyersanswer the most common questions about requesting reconsideration of a decision and how our team can help you.
What Is a Request for Reconsideration in Social Security Disability?
A request for reconsideration is the first step in the Social Security Disability appeal process. When your initial application for disability benefits is denied, you have the option to request a reconsideration. This stage involves having a different examiner from the Social Security Administration (SSA) review your case, including all the evidence you submitted initially.
When requesting reconsideration, you should provide new medical evidence or documentation supporting your claim. This additional evidence can strengthen your case and increase the chances of your desired outcome. Along with medical records, you can include a detailed statement explaining why you believe the initial decision was incorrect.
Our experienced Social Security Disability attorneys can tell you the types of evidence that would benefit your case and make sure you include all relevant information in your request. By presenting a comprehensive and well-documented case, we aim to maximize your chances of success during the reconsideration process.
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Can You File a Request for Reconsideration Online?
Yes, you can request reconsideration online through the Social Security Administration’s website. This online option offers convenience and efficiency.
Alternatively, you can visit your local Social Security office to file the request in person. Our team can also assist you in submitting the request on your behalf to make sure that all necessary information is included and that the process is handled professionally.
How Long Do You Have to File a Request for Reconsideration?
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you have 60 daysfrom the date you received your denial notice to file a request for reconsideration. Time is of the essence, as failing to submit the request within the specified period may result in losing your appeal rights. If you miss this deadline, you may need to restart the application process from the beginning.
To make sure you meet the deadline and preserve your right to appeal, our team at Pilzer Klein can assist you in submitting the request on time, either online through the SSA’s website or in person at your local Social Security office.
How Long Does the Request for Reconsideration Process Take?
The length of the request for reconsideration process can vary depending on several factors. It can take as much as a year or more to hear back.However, this timeline can be affected by various elements, such as the details of your case and the SSA’s caseload.
Our team understands that waiting for a decision can be challenging. That’s why we will keep you informed about the progress of your case throughout the process.
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What Happens if Your Request for Reconsideration Is Denied?
If your request for reconsideration is denied, you still have further options to appeal the decision. The next step in the appeals process is to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). At this stage, you will have the opportunity to present your case in person, and our Social Security Disability attorneys can represent you during this hearing.
We understand the importance of presenting a strong case during the hearing and will work diligently to prepare and present all relevant evidence to support your claim. We aim to advocate for your rights and increase your chances of obtaining a favorable decision at the hearing stage.
Can You Work While Your Request for Reconsideration Is Pending?
Yes, you can work while your request for reconsideration is pending. However, you should be mindful of the SSA’s guidelines regarding work activity. Engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA) involves earning over $1,470 monthly gross income. You are not eligible for benefits if you work and make more than this amount.
To clarify the SGA amount,gross income is the amount you earn in total before taxes come out. You can see your gross income on your paycheck.
If the amount is higher than $1,470, you are not eligible. On the other hand, net income is the amount you actually get in your bank account; this amount has been taxed.
Our team can provide guidance on this aspect of the process and make sure you don’t overstep SSA regulations. We will help you understand the potential effects of your work activity on your disability claim and work to protect your rights and eligibility for benefits during the request for reconsideration process.
Can You Apply for Disability Benefits Again Instead of Filing a Request for Reconsideration?
Technically, you have the option to reapply for disability benefits instead of filing a request for reconsideration. However, this approach may not be the most effective because The Administration could review the same evidence you provided in your initial application and potentially reach the same decision as before. Reapplying may also lead to a delay in receiving benefits.
It is more beneficial to pursue the appeals process with new evidence and legal representation to increase your chances of success. But there’s no need to stress because our team of Social Security Disability attorneys will guide you through the process.
Contact Us to Learn More About Requesting Reconsideration for Benefits
At Pilzer Klein, we are here to guide you through the Social Security Disability appeal process and fight for your right to receive the benefits you deserve. Our team of dedicated attorneys, with a focus solely on Social Security Disability, will work tirelessly to build a strong case and represent you.
If you have further questions or want to get started with your request for reconsideration in the Upstate SC and western NC regions, contact ustoday.