The Social Security Administration rejects a large percentage of the initial claims for Social Security Disability benefits in Kansas City. If you receive a rejection, however, you do not need to accept it as final. You have the right to appeal the SSA's decision. There are several appeal levels you might need to go through before your claim is successful. The first of these levels is the reconsideration.
If you wish to request a reconsideration, you must act fairly quickly. According to FindLaw, the deadline by which to submit your request is 60 days from the date that you received your rejection letter. It is a good idea to write down the date that you received it, especially if it was more than five days after the letter's date. As long as you can file your request for reconsideration before the deadline, you should not have to start over with a brand new claim.
If possible, you should try to include new evidence supporting your claim and rebutting the rejection when you request a reconsideration. The type of evidence depends on the reason the SSA gave you for rejecting your initial claim. If the reason was medical, you can obtain a report from your doctor that provides more detailed information about what your condition does and does not allow you to do.
Along with new evidence and your request for reconsideration form, there are two other documents you should file. One is an authorization to disclose information to the SSA, and the other is a disability report appeal form.
The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.