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SSA Reconsideration- Submitting additional information

Recently on our disability forum we had a user ask, “If I have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and I would like to appeal my denial through a Reconsideration how do I submit new evidence for the appeal?” This is a great question and this has obviously been asked by an applicant who understands that they need to be proactive if they want to improve their chance of ever getting SSDI benefits.

What happens after a SSDI denial?

If you have been denied SSDI benefits the SSA will send you a letter explaining their decision. If you have received a medical denial you can appeal the decision online by following this link:  Appeal Our Recent Medical Decision . Medical decisions may also be appealed by completing the Request for Reconsideration, Form SSA-3441, Disability Report - Appeal, and Form SSA-827, Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration.

On average, Reconsiderations are denied a second time up to 80% of the time. To win a Reconsideration you will have to provide additional medical evidence to support the claim that you cannot work due to a severe health condition which will last at least 12 continuous months.

Providing additional medical evidence at Reconsideration

Form SSA-3441 the Disability Report provides the applicant with the chance to include more information about their condition. For instance, if your condition has become more severe and causes additional limitations you will have the chance to document this on this form. If you have seen additional doctors and have more medical evidence you will also be able to include this information on this form.

After the SSA receives the Reconsideration information they will send your paperwork to a new disability examiner who was not involved in the first decision, and they will review your case a second time. According to the SSA, they will be responsible for completing the following:

1. Obtaining additional information needed to document new allegations or a worsening of the claimant’s condition (e.g., SSA-3373 Function Report).

2. Contacting all medical sources from which the claimant received examination or treatment since the initial determination for any medical evidence they may be able to provide.

3. Sending unsigned reports secured in connection with the initial determination which are material to the reconsidered determination to the medical source(s) for signature.

4. Having a DDS medical or psychological consultant who was not involved in the initial determination review the medical evidence and provide a new medical assessment or, if supported by the evidence, an affirmation of the initial level medical assessment.

What else can you do to improve your chances of a favorable decision? You may be able to contact the SSA and find out which disability examiner is reviewing your case and ask them how you can make sure they have the information they need.

Non-Medical Denial- What are my options?

If your SSDI case was denied because you did not have enough work credits to qualify you can also appeal this decision by using the Form SSA-561, Request for Reconsideration, but you will need evidence to prove that the SSA made a miscalculation. This also will not guarantee that you will win benefits. You will still have to have enough medical evidence to prove you are disabled according to the SSA requirements.
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