You may have heard the claim that the Social Security Administration (SSA) rejects everyone who applies for disability benefits at first. One of the most well-known myths about Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is the idea that absolutely no one gets benefits when they first apply.
This myth is insidious because it has a chilling effect that impacts thousands of people with serious medical conditions. They may feel like it is not worthwhile to apply at all or may resign themselves to living without benefits after a denial because they assume there is no hope.
That simply isn’t the case. In fact, the SSA has a fast-track approval program and compassionate allowances intended to help those who need a quicker response when they apply. Still, it is true that a significant portion of applicants don’t receive an approval at first and have to appeal. Some of those applicants may receive benefits after a reconsideration What does a reconsideration involve?
The reconsideration stage of appeal is largely internal
The SSA recognizes that the staff members reviewing applications are human and therefore liable to occasionally make errors in judgment. Personal experience with another case involving the same diagnosis or even a person with a name similar to yours might subconsciously bias a worker against you and result in an unfair denial of benefits.
Reconsideration involves a different SSA employee going over your application. Sometimes, you will submit additional medical documentation to assist them in making the right choice. Occasionally, the worker reviewing a file for reconsideration will determine that the original rejection was an error and will award the applicant benefits immediately.
Other times, they won’t decide in favor of the applicant, a decision which will necessitate that they pursue additional stages of appeal.
Getting benefits often requires patience and professional help
From the initial process of filling out an application to gathering supplemental evidence after a benefits denial, it can be a complex process to secure SSDI benefits. Many applicants will find the process overwhelming if they attempt to handle it on their own, and they may make mistakes that could cost them benefits or lead to lengthy delays.
Learning more about appeals for SSDI benefits and connecting with the right support will improve your chances of success when you need financial help because of a disabling medical condition that prevents you from working.