If your initial claim is denied, you can file an appeal for Reconsideration by the state Disability Determination Services department. 

This initial appeal may be submitted online by completing the Appeal Request Internet Form and the Appeal Disability Report (Forms SSA-561 and SSA-3441). You may also call or visit your local SSA office and tell them you wish to appeal a disability ruling. 

When you submit a formal Request for Reconsideration (Form SSA-561-U2), your claim will be assigned to a different examiner and medical team for review. So any additional medical information to support your claim should be provided in your Appeal Disability Report. That’s because reconsiderations are a completely new review of your claim by someone who did not take part in the first decision. 

IMPORTANT: It is important that you submit your appeal no later than 60 days after the date of denial of your initial claim. (plus 5 days grace for mailing, but it is best to not even get close to the 65 day limit). 

TIP: keep the envelope the denial came in, you may need the postmark to show WHEN you got the denial 

On average over the last 10 years, less than 15% of denials were overturned at the reconsideration level.

If you have questions about SSDI or SSI call the Hartwig Law Firm today at (508)732-8989.