Understanding Requests For Reconsideration
If you have been denied disability benefits, a request for reconsideration is the first step in the appeals process. At McKown & Myers, LLP, our lawyers are happy to assist with this step, even though many other lawyers do not handle this part of the process. We understand why they do not: The Disability Determination Bureau grants benefits less than 10 percent of the time.
Even though we know that chances of success at this stage are slim, we take advantage of the opportunity. This is because a lot of time and stress will be avoided if we can make your claim one of the 10 percent that is accepted.
An Opportunity To Get To Know You
Not only does the reconsideration process allow us an early opportunity to get your claim accepted, it gives us more time to get to know you. We want to learn everything we can about you and your claim. We want to know about your disability and how it impacts your life.
Frequently, by discussing your case, we find out that certain issues were overlooked. One of the most common is when a person files for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits based on a single disability, even though that person may actually have several other major medical problems that were not covered in the application. Everything must be addressed in the application, and we will make certain it is. With more than 30 years of experience on our side, we know how to handle reconsiderations.
This Is Only The First Step
If the request for reconsideration results in a denial, which is likely, further steps can be taken. Where we tend to find the most success is in the next step, the disability hearing in front of an administrative law judge.