Sometimes, restraint is the better part of a response, as opposed to immediately responding. If an applicant’s disability retirement is denied at the initial stage of the process, an individual has thirty (30) days within which to file a Request for Reconsideration.
Upon filing such a request, however, the requestor then only has thirty (30) days to submit additional medical documentation to support the reconsideration request. Thus, take the following scenario: A person receives a denial on day 1; he files a Request for Reconsideration on day 2; he has until day 32 to file supporting medical documentation. If, on the other hand, the requestor had waited until day 25 to request reconsideration (while, in the meantime, on Day 2, he had written to the doctor for additional input/response/records, etc.), then the individual essentially has 45 days to make his case, as opposed to 32 days.
When dealing with doctors, it is often a pragmatic methodology to do it this way, because doctors rarely respond within 30 days. Thus, it is wiser to refrain from responding immediately; it is sometimes difficult to show restraint, because one’s natural impulse is to quickly file a request for reconsideration. For pragmatic reasons, it is almost always better to wait.
Robert R. McGill, Esquire