It is not unusual for a disabled individual to receive a denial letter from the Social Security Administration. The next step is to file a request for reconsideration, which often also results in a denial. Do not be discouraged. Many, many deserving individuals obtain Social Security disability benefits at the third stage of the appeal process - a hearing before an administrative law judge. Obtaining competent legal representation at the reconsideration level is often advisable so that when the ALJ looks at the case, he or she sees medical support for the claim beginning early in the disability process. For an initial consultation with a skilled attorney, contact us today.