What is a reconsideration?

The first level in the appeals process if your Social Security disability application is denied is to request a reconsideration of your application by Disability Determination Services. Disability Determination Services is a state agency in Colorado that reviews applications for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income assistance, the two primary disability programs.

A reconsideration involves a review of your entire file and the medical evidence of your disability by someone who did not take part in the initial decision.The reviewer will also consider any new evidence or information that you have about medical tests and treatments since you previously submitted information. The average time to do a disability application reconsideration is approximately 160 days, according to the Social Security Administration.