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How long does it take to get an answer on a Social Security Reconsideration Appeal?

The Request for Reconsideration appeal - The wait for an answer on a disability claim at this level tends to be shorter than the initial claim. This is because most of the casework has already been done at the disability application level. In most cases, there will be very little development that is needed specifically for the reconsideration.

For this reason, a notice of decision following the commencement of a request for reconsideration will usually be sent out to the claimant within 60 days. In many cases, an answer on a reconsideration can be received in as little as 30 days.

Will a reconsideration appeal be successful? In most cases, the answer to this question is no. Approval and denial rates differ from state to state.

However, on average about 87 percent of reconsideration disability appeals will be denied. This seems to be an increase from prior years in which approximately 85 percent of reconsiderations were turned down by the social security administration.

The request for reconsideration has a low success rate; however, this does not mean that the appeal should not be filed. In fact, there is a clear incentive to any person who has been denied for disability benefits on an application for disability to file a "recon".

This is because it is only after a reconsideration has been turned down may a claimant request a Social Security Disability or SSI hearing before an administrative law judge. Social Security hearings, statistically, offer a better than sixty percent chance of being awarded disability benefits. And the chances of receiving a disability award letter following a hearing increases substantially when able social security representation is involved.

Note: claimants who are denied on their disability application should file their reconsideration as quickly as possible. Social Security always gives a claimant sixty days in which to get an appeal submitted.

However, this appeal (and any appeal, really) should be filed as soon as possible. Most of the casework for the reconsideration has already been completed at the application phase. However, the medical records that have been gathered are aging in the file.

What do we mean by this? SSA (the social security administration) requires that at least some medical evidence in the file must be no older than 90 days. If there is no "recent" (i.e. bearing dates within the last 90 days) evidence in the file, the reconsideration examiner will be forced to gather more medical records OR send the claimant to another consultative examination.

This, of course, can add weeks or even months to the case. Therefore, one of the best time saving devices that can be used by a disability claimant is to file the appeal IMMEDIATELY following receipt of a notice of disapproved claim (the notice of denial).

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?
What Are The Odds of Winning A Social Security Disability Appeal?

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