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SSDI Application do I need to make changes after denial?

Recently on our legal forum a user asked, “I have a severe health condition which does not allow me to work or perform substantial gainful activity (SGA). Unfortunately, like thousands of other disability applicants, my SSDI application was denied. I am now wondering if I need to make updates or changes to my disability application or if I need to submit more medical information to the Social Security Administration to improve my chances that my disability claim will be approved during the reconsideration appeal’s process?”


Reconsideration process and what you need to know about your SSDI application

If your SSDI application was denied, assuming you meet the nonmedical requirements for SSDI benefits, it is because the SSA has decided that your condition is not severe enough and it either does not meet or exceed a listing on the SSA Listing of Impairment or it is not so severe that you cannot continue to work your current job, a job you have had in the past, or retrain for new work.

If your SSDI application is denied, however, you may have the option to appeal the denial and request a reconsideration (the first level of appeal within the SSA appeal process).

While this sounds like great news, if you simply allow your original SSDI application to be forwarded to a new disability examiner for another review- which is what happens in the reconsideration process- the chances of having your case denied a second time can be as high as 80%.

What should I do to my SSDI application before the reconsideration?

If your initial SSDI application has been denied you have 60 days from the date of the denial letter to file a request for reconsideration. Before you make your request, however, there are three things you need to do to increase your chances of winning your case.

  1. Review the denial form and understand why you were denied.

SSDI applications are denied for a variety of reasons. Review your denial form. Not only should it have information about why your case was denied, it should also give you information about the process to request an appeal.

  1. Make sure you have included all of your treatment information.

Although you do not have to gather all of your medical records for your SSDI claim, you will need to provide the names, dates of treatment, and addresses and phone numbers for all of your treating doctors.

If you fail to provide this information the SSA has no way to gather your medical information for your case. If you do not have medical evidence to support your claim of disability, your case can be denied.

  1. Make sure your medical information clearly states why you cannot work.

Finally, one of the most complicated aspects of winning disability is understanding what you are trying to prove to the SSA. Specifically, that you do not have the residual capacity to work. Proving this is most easily done by having your doctor complete a residual functional capacity forum (RFC Form) or at the very least having your doctor state your limitations to work within your medical file.

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