Topic Categories:


Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Requirements for Disability

Applications for disability

Tips and Advice for Disability Claims

How long does Disability take?

Winning Disability Benefits

Common Mistakes after a Denial

Mental Disability Benefits

Denials for Disability

Appeals for denied claims

Disability Benefits from SSA

SSI Benefits

Child Disability Benefits

Qualifications and How to Qualify

Working and Disability

Disability Awards and Notices

Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys

Social Security List of Conditions

What Social Security considers disabling

Medical Evidence and Disability

Filing for Disability Benefits

Eligibility for Disability Benefits

SSD SSI Definitions



Ask a question, get an answer

Social Security Reconsideration Appeal in California - what makes it different from the Disability Application?




 
What makes this first disability appeal different from the application?

Answer: not a whole lot. Reconsiderations constitute the first appeal that is available to individuals who file for social security disability or SSI disability benefits.

How is a reconsideration handled or conducted? In brief, it goes like this: if a claimant who has been denied on an application for disability benefits in California files a request for reconsideration within the required time period (you are given sixty days plus an additional five days for mailing time for a total of 65 days), then their file will be assigned to a new disability examiner. This examiner will be someone who specializes in reconsiderations, but, nonetheless, does the job in exactly the same manner as the initial claim examiner who preceded him. That is, medical evidence will be gathered as needed and an evaluation based on this evidence will be performed.

Reconsiderations are denied at a significantly higher rate than initial claims. But this should not be surprising if you consider how it would look if reconsiderations were more often approved than they currently are. For the most part, it would be a repudiation of denials that occurred at the initial claim level only several weeks earlier. It would be tantamount to saying "We made a mistake when we denied you on your application three weeks ago. Now we think you qualify for disability". Of course, that will never happen and the likelihood will be that reconsiderations will always have a high rate of denial as long as the agency that conducts first appeals is the same agency that processes initial disability claims.

Should you request a reconsideration if your application for disability gets denied? Yes, most certainly. But you should do it with this in mind. Even though only about 15 percent of reconsiderations get approved, you still want to file a reconsideration because this puts you on the road to getting a disability hearing before an ALJ (administrative law judge) scheduled. In other words, you are not allowed to request a disability hearing until your reconsideration gets denied (and, as we said, most, unfortunately, do).

What are your chances of winning disability at a hearing? Far better than at a reconsideration. Roughly half of all cases that are heard by judges at hearings are approved.

The only real downside to disability hearings is how incredibly long it can take to get a hearing scheduled. But it is for this reason that you should not waste any time in requesting a hearing (or a reconsideration for that matter).















Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions





























Filing for disability in California

How do I Apply for Disability Benefits in California

How long should you wait before you apply for disability?

SSD and SSI applications in California

What do you do if your California disability claim is denied?

Do you file for your children when you apply for disability in California?

Should you apply for disability in California after a denial?

How long does a disability case take in California

After you file for disability in California

Filing for disability in California and your condition

Filing a disability claim in California, long filing process




The California disability process

Do I need to be disabled a year in California to get disability?

The Social Security Disability process in California

California Disability determination process

Disability approval criteria in California

California Social Security Disability decisions

Steps to Win Social Security Disability benefits in California




Questions about disability in California

How much can you make in California and still apply for disability?

California Social Security Back Pay

Can Disability benefits be garnished in California?

Disability two year medicare waiting period in California

California review of Social Security Disability claim

California Social Security Disability status

VA disability and California Social Security Disability

Can a Congressman in California help on a disability case

How do examiners make disability decisions in California?

Applying for disability benefits in California




How long does disability take in California?

How long does it take to get a decision on a disability case in California?

Why do disability claims take so long in California?

How Long Will It Take To Get My Disability Decision If I Appeal in California?




Disability claims in California with certain conditions

Applying For Disability On the Basis of Back Pain in California

Filing for Disability with Fibromyalgia in California

Social Security Disability For Mental Illness in California




Winning California disability

Will a lawyer improve the chance to win disability in California?

Getting approved for disability in California

Winning disability in California




California Disability Lawyers and Representation

Getting a disability attorney in California

Finding a new disability attorney in California




Applying for SSI in California

Filing for SSI disability in California

SSI disability denied in California

Are SSI claims in California denied more than SSDI claims?

How to apply for SSI Disability in California




Doctors, medical records, and medical exams

Doctors and applying for disability in California

Can you be turned down for disability in California if your doctor says you are disabled?




Disability hearings in California

Disability Hearings in California

California quick disability hearing

How do I win my Social Security Disability Hearing in California?

How long does it take to get a disability hearing in California?




Disability denials in California

Disability Denied in California

If a disability claim is denied in California

Appealing a Social Security Disability denial in California

If you get denied Social Security Disability in California

Why are Most Disability Cases Denied in California?

Getting approved or denied for disability in California




Disability appeals in California

How do you file a disability appeal in California?

How many disability appeals do you get in California?

If your California disability appeal is denied, can you get another appeal?

If your disability reconsideration is denied in California

Filing a reconsideration appeal in California

Why was I denied disability in California?




Qualifying for disability in California

Qualifying for disability in California

Qualify for SSD in California

Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in California?




Disability lawyers in California

Using a Social Security Disability Attorney in California

Cost of a California disability attorney

Why do disability lawyers in California sometimes not take cases?

Hiring a Disability Lawyer in California

Social Security Disability Attorney Fees In California

How do Disability Lawyers in California get paid their fees?

Should you get a disability lawyer before you get denied in California?

Lawyer for a disability hearing in California

Why was I denied disability in California?