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What Can You Do to Make Sure Your Social Security Disability Reconsideration Gets Approved?

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.

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

Related pages:

What Happens if a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim gets Denied on a Reconsideration Appeal?
The Disability reconsideration Appeal - what is it and how do you file for it?
What happens if a reconsideration for Social Security Disability or SSI is denied?
Does The Social Security Reconsideration Take as Long As The Disability Application?
Does The Social Security Disability Reconsideration Have A Time Limit?
How long does it take to get an answer on a Social Security Reconsideration Appeal?
Disability Approval Chances at the Social Security Reconsideration and Hearing Levels
What Can You Do to Make Sure Your Social Security Disability Reconsideration Gets Approved?
Do Most Social Security Disability Reconsiderations Get Turned Down?
The difference between an Application for disability and a Social Security Reconsideration?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria