Request for Reconsideration
Many people do not get benefits when they first apply, but do not be discouraged. You can, many times, get benefits by appealing the denial you receive and requesting a reconsideration.
If the Social Security Administration denies your claim, they will notify us in writing by issuing a Notice of Disapproved Claim. At that point, you will be given 60 days to file an appeal, also known as a Request for Reconsideration. In order to file an appeal, you must file a Request for Reconsideration form, a Disability Report – Appeal, and a Medical Release.
Once these forms have been filed, the Social Security Administration will once again forward your case to Disability Determination Services (DDS) in Salem, Oregon. DDS will reconsider the evidence in your case and will request any new medical records that may be available since the last time your case was in their office. It is important to keep us informed of any new medical treatment you receive so that we can notify DDS of upcoming appointments and changes in your medical condition(s).
Once DDS has the opportunity to review the medical evidence in your claim, they will issue a new decision, a Notice of Reconsideration. It may take another 4-6 months for DDS to issue their new decision.
If your reconsideration request is denied, you will be given 60 days to file another appeal. That appeal is called a Request for Hearing.