About Reconsideration of Disability ClaimsBy Kenton Koszdin on July 6, 2018 | In Disability Insurance
The Kenton Koszdin Law Office treats all cases equally but also treats each as distinct and unique. My personal experience with disability and workers’ compensation cases has given me the precise knowledge and insight necessary to successfully obtain benefits for my clients. I’ve lived through and experienced many different circumstances with my clients from the beginning of the application process all the way to the end.
A disability attorney is important in helping applicants for disability benefits understand each and every stage of the application process. Typically, this process begins with the initial application period. If an application is denied, the second stage is reconsideration. Upon further denial, the third stage involves requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).
The representation of a disability attorney is, of course, important when initially applying for benefits, but such representation becomes crucial when the applicant is initially denied benefits and must file a “Request for Reconsideration.” Such a request is the first appeal available to claimants that have unsuccessfully filed an application for disability benefits.
Claimants are required to state the issue they are appealing, as well as their reason for disagreement with the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) finding. Claimants also have the option, based upon the circumstances, whether they desire to have a case review, formal conference, or informal conference.
A request for a reconsideration must be made within sixty (60) days of the notice of denial of a claim. If a request for reconsideration is made in writing within 10 days after receipt of the notice, any payments made by the SSA will continue until the reconsideration determination, as long as other SSI eligibility requirements are met by the applicant.
Upon reconsideration, a different SSA examiner will review the case and determine if condition rises to the level of a disability. However, as the qualifications for disability under the reconsideration process are the same, a claimant may once again be denied. Approval rates are low and, at best, one in five may find success while in some places in the United States, only one in 12.
It’s not easy to appear in court before a judge no matter how informal the hearing. Often, going to court without an experienced attorney is unwise because of what is at stake – the loss of the valuable right to receive benefits. Kenton Koszdin has made countless appearances throughout California for over fifteen years. Kenton Koszdin prepares all of his clients for the intimidating experience of appearing and testifying in a judicial or administrative setting, whether at an informal Social Security hearing or trial in federal court. Contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office to get the Social Security help you need in the San Fernando Valley! Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. Se habla espańol!