If your initial application for disability benefits is denied, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will send you a letter stating why it was denied. Don’t give up! Most initial applications are denied and you should appeal the decision to give yourself the best chance of getting approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.


The next step is filing a request for reconsideration appeal with the SSA. To complete this step you must fill out three forms. Today we’ll discuss one of those forms, the Form SSA-561-U2, also called the Request for Reconsideration. You must complete this form within 60 days of the date you received notice your initial application was denied, or else you’ll have to start the Social Security Disability application process over.


Tips for Completing the Form SSA-561-U2


Below are instructions for completing the Request for Reconsideration so that you have the best chance possible of getting approved. If you have any questions or concerns about completing the form or your case, contact disability lawyer Richmond and SSD attorney Virginia Beach Corey Pollard for a free, no obligation consultation.


  • Name of Claimant:¬†Enter your full name, including your middle name. Do not use any nicknames that friends, family members, or past employers called you.


  • SSN: Many people do not like giving out their Social Security Number but you must enter it as part of the reconsideration process.


  • Claim Number: Usually your Social Security Number is the claim number. If the SSA has given you a different claim number then enter it.


  • Issue Being Appealed: The SSA is asking what you are appealing. Simply state that you are appealing the disability decision at the prior level.


  • I Do Not Agree with the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) determination and request reconsideration. My Reasons Are: This section is building on the “Issue Being Appealed” section. You or your attorney should write that that you disagree with the decision denying your initial application for benefits then provide a summary of what you are capable of doing physically and mentally. This description should reference your limits when it comes to standing, walking, sitting, lifting, bending, squatting, using your hands, concentrating, paying attention, remembering tasks, following instructions, and interacting with others. You should also include a summary of the treating medical provider opinions that support your claim.


  • Address: Enter the address at which you can receive and check your mail. If you have concerns about your ability to check your mail, find an address where you can stop by at least three times per week. Because there are many deadlines that may apply to your claim, you want to check your mail regularly.


  • Daytime Phone Number: Provide a phone number where you can be reached. If you do not always have a telephone due to lack of funds, ask a friend or family member if you can use their phone number as your primary contact. This should be someone you trust to take messages and relay them to you.


You have to complete a lot of paperwork from the SSA to give yourself the best chance possible of receiving SSDI benefits. But you don’t have to complete it alone. Call, text, or email Corey Pollard now if you are a disabled adult in Richmond, Chesterfield, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Newport News, Norfolk, or Portsmouth who needs help with a SSDI claim.