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If a claim is denied at the initial stage, the claimant has the choice of filing a new claim, or filing a request for reconsideration within 60 days of the initial denial. Asking for reconsideration is almost always the best option.

To request reconsideration, two forms are usually required: a Request for Reconsideration and a Disability Report – Appeal. In addition, the Social Security office will usually ask for additional signed releases of information.

The reconsideration stage will usually take 60 days, and usually a lot more than that. If a disabled worker is denied, he or she should contact an attorney immediately about representation, before filing a Request for Hearing. Click here to email the law office of H. Edwin Detlie. Please include name, address, telephone number, Social Security number and date of the Reconsideration decision. You need to make sure that you file a Request for Hearing yourself, within 60 days of the Notice of Reconsideration. The forms for doing that are listed above.

Contacting the office of H. Edwin Detlie does not mean that he will agree to represent you. He will want to review your disability file and tell if you have a reasonable chance on appeal. He will also tell you what further information it will take to make sure that you have the best chance at hearing. That often involves getting a detailed opinion from your treating doctors. Please click here to see the page on doctor opinions in Social Security Disability cases.


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