If you have applied for Social Security benefits and had your application denied, you're probably really scared about your future -- especially if you were counting on Social Security Disability to provide you with income when you can't work any longer. The good news is, a denial isn't a final decision.
There are multiple stage of appeal a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can help you with. The first of those stages is a request for reconsideration.
What Does Request for Reconsideration Mean?
When your benefits application is denied, you will need to act within the deadline to submit a request for reconsideration if you want to appeal the denial and get another chance at benefits without having to start the entire application process over.
A request for reconsideration simply involves asking for your application to be looked at again. The application information will be given to another disability claims examiner different from the first person who reviewed your application. The disability claims examiner will look at your medical documentation and other evidence you submitted with fresh eyes and will make a decision on your claim.
If your application is denied again in the request for reconsideration, you can move on to other stages of appeal including a disability benefits hearing. However, getting your application approved as a result of a request for reconsideration will allow you to begin getting benefits much more quickly and you will avoid the hassle and stress of having to attend a hearing.
A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can help you to submit your request for reconsideration and can assist you in taking steps to maximize the chances that your request will lead to your disability benefits application being approved. To find out more about how an attorney can help you, give us a call today.