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What Can You Do to Make Sure Your Social Security Disability Reconsideration Gets Approved?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
There are a few things an individual can do to help the chances of their disability claim being approved at the reconsideration appeal level. One of the most important things an individual can do to improve the odds of the request for reconsideration being approved is to file the appeal in a timely manner. This might seem obvious, of course, but a significant percentage of claimants who have been denied on an initial disability application do, for whatever reason, fail to meet the requisite appeal deadline.
Social Security allows a sixty-five day appeal period for individuals who have their initial disability claim denied. To file your social security disability appeal or SSI disability appeal, you need to request your reconsideration appeal paperwork, or file your reconsideration appeal online.
No matter how you file your reconsideration, make sure that you complete either the paper form 3441, or the online version of the 3441, and return signed and dated form 827 medical release forms to your local Social Security office by the sixty-fifth day. This means the reconsideration must be in your local Social Security office, not just postmarked on that date to be considered timely. If Social Security does not receive the reconsideration appeal timely, there is a chance your reconsideration appeal will be denied for late filing.
Additionally, you should thoroughly complete your 3441; meaning, provide all information that is asked for. Be sure to include all relevant medical treatment sources and their contact information to the best of your ability. The form also includes questions about how your condition or conditions impact your daily activities. Remember, a completed form 3441 gives the disability examiner making your disability decision a better picture of how your condition limits your daily life, including your ability to work.
If you feel like you cannot handle all the paperwork, or even the online process, of your reconsideration appeal, you should consider obtaining the services of a Social Security disability representative to help you file your reconsideration. A disability representative can be a non-attorney representative or a social security attorney. The representative will take care of filing all of your appeals and even represent you should your disability claim have to go to a disability hearing before an administrative law judge.
Lastly, no matter who files your reconsideration appeal, or any other appeal for that matter (such as a request for a disability hearing), make sure that any information requested by Social Security is provided. Disability claims are routinely denied for failure to cooperate if an individual does not provide Social Security with the necessary information needed for them to make the disability determination.
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