Denied at the Initial Level? Don’t worry. You’re not alone.
Like the majority of people who apply for SSDI and SSI, you will be denied at the intial level. Only thirty percent of the claims are awarded. At this point it is very important that you do not give up on your claim. Call your local SSA Field Office and request a Reconsideration. You will recieve several forms from the SSA, including a Request for Reconsideration, which you must fill out and send back. From here the process is exactly the same as your initial claim. Your application will be processed and sent to DDS, where you will be assigned a new disability examiner, who will ultimately decide to either approve your claim or dissapprove it.
Unfortunately, your chances of being denied at the Recon level are even greater than at the initial level, approximately eighty percent. This is not the end of the road however. It is simply a necessary bump in the road on your way to a hearing before and ALJ or Administrative Law Judge.