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This is the ultimate Social Security Disability web site
The purpose of this site is to provide free SSDI and SSI information.  I provide information all in one place that you will have a hard time finding on the Internet anywhere.   This site should help those who are contemplating applying for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income and those individuals who have already applied for Social Security Disability benefits, no matter what stage they are at in the process.  The information in this site should be used as a helpful guide to the Social Security Disability process.  It will also provide information on how to win your disability claim.  If you have any questions that are not answered in this site or want a free consultation feel free to e-mail me.  I will try to answer any questions you might have about Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  This site is the best place to go for free Social Security Disability information.  If you read this site you will know how to apply for disability benefits and how to win SSDI (SSD) and SSI.  In addition to this site, available to you are other sites which can further help you in your claim for benefits.

     I am Karl Kazmierczak, Esq. I am a Board Certified Social Security Disability Specialist by the National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy.  The title is not recognized in all states click on following link for more information on what it means to be a Board Certified Social Security Disability Specialist.  I have handled thousands of cases in New Jersey, New York and nationwide. 
Websites are a dime a dozen and we caution you to be careful when choosing which ones to utilize.  There are many web sites out there that are very good.  We caution you to be careful of websites where the identity of the firm or author is hidden.  They are solely to generate clients.  They offer only enough information to confuse you or convince you that you need a lawyer.  Other sites are constructed by individuals who have never handled a Social Security Disability claim nor ever intend to.  They are marketing people who are looking to sell leads to lawyers. In fact, there are some websites out there using titles similar to mine don't be fooled.  Here you will find Social Security Disability information, answers and advice on how to apply, am i disabled, how to appeal and how to win SSD, SSDI, and SSI.

     I do not hide who I am on this site and I will try to answer any questions you may have but I will not pressure anyone to retain me as their lawyer.  My sincere hope is that the information in this disability guide is helpful to anyone seeking disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).  I will try to update the information in this site as often as possible including an almost daily blog.  In addition to the Blog on this site please visit my other Social Security disability Blog for more SSDI and SSI tips.  So be sure to bookmark this site for the latest news.  This is a free disability guide and will help with Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security claims.  Please note that it is my intention to provide accurate and up to date information on this site and I make great effort to do this. However, the information on this site is not guaranteed and no lawyer client relationship exist.  This site is not a substitute for consultation with a lawyer.

How to Use this site.  If you are new to the process of Social Security Disability I recommend you start be reading the disability process.  This page will give you an overview of how your claim is processed and what procedural steps you have to take.  To understand how SSA determines if you are disabled you should read the page "am I disabled?".  After you read this page you should follow the different links to get a better understanding of what it takes to prove your disability.  I also strongly suggest you read "how to win" and "key to SSDI and SSI".  There is a lot more information on this site but this should give you a good starting point to help your claim.

     I provide this free information on Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income so that everyone who is disabled has the tools they need to win disability.  If you need tips on how to win your SSDI or SSI claim continue to read this site and bookmark it so you can come back and use it as a reference while you take on the Social Security Disability process.   


Here is what one person had to say about my website "Thanks for the site, absolutely a "Bible" for all who have fear, doubt or lack of knowledge."  Christopher.  To see what other have said about this website read the website testimonials on the page called "Best Social Security Disability Website".


Questions or comments? E-mail me.

If you need a lawyer for your Social Security Disability or SSI claim or just want to ask a few questions you can also call me at 1-877-527-5529 and ask for Karl.  Or you can click on the following link and fill out the form if you prefer a local lawyer note that on form.

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My first suggestion for you and when you are applying for your Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income Claim is to be knowledgeable about how the Social Security Administration will evaluate your claim.

     Whether you are represented by an attorney or not take it upon yourself to learn as much about the
Social Security disability process as you can.  You have already taken the initiative by researching on-line and reading this site.  I also recommend that you visit the Social Security Administration's web site.  It is a bit confusing but can be a great resource for your claim for benefits. 

     By having an understanding of
how Social Security decides your claim for benefits you will increase your chances of winning your benefits for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 

My second suggestion is to get help.  

     If you choose to get your benefits without an attorney, this guide will help you learn the process used to determine if one is disabled.  This is not a complete site about Social Security and should not be considered legal advice.  You should also use the SSA's website in conjunction with this site.  This will increase your chances of giving your case the best chance to win your benefits.  Remember the law in these cases is confusing and convoluted.

     Statistics show that those claimants that are represented by an attorney are more likely to win their claim for benefits than those who are not.  In my opinion, the reason for this is because the lawyers that handle Social Security Disability claims have a better understanding of
how the Social Security Administration decides your case and they develop your case accordingly.

     Remember this web site is my attempt to give you the tools you need to
win your SSDI or SSI benefits with or without a lawyer.  If you decide you need a lawyer for your disability case or just want/need to ask some questions, feel free to contact me.  I also offer a free case evaluation for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income.  

This site is full of free information and practical advice on Social Security Disability.  If you study this site you can learn the following:  How to apply for Social Security DisabilityWhat is the process by which SSA determines if you are disabled.  How to win SSDI or SSI.  What are the GRID rules?  What you can expect and how to handle a Social Security Disability hearing.  What are the medical listing of impairments?  Do I need a lawyer for my disability claim.  The definitions of common terms used.  Helpful tips to help win your disability claim.  What are Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) forms and why are they so important?  What does your past work have to do with disability?  What is child's SSI?  How to win Child's SSI.  What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?  What are the most important things to know and do when trying to get benefits.  Are you disabled?  What is an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and what is his or her role in the process?  What is the Appeals Council?  What can you do to help your Social Security Disability or SSI claim?  How to get Social Security Disability and SSI. 

I wish you good luck with your claim and further encourage you to finish reading this site.

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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Social Security Disability Application Tip
When you file your Social Security Disability application you will be giving Social Security your work information.  It is important to remember not to inflate your past work.  In other words you are not writing a resume.  Many people when they fill out the application want to show what a good and skilled worker they were.  Skills that can be transfered from your prior work may be used against you to show you can do other work.  See my GRID rules page to see what I mean.  Don't lie about your past work but don't exaggerate what you did either.  Tell the truth about what you did in your prior work, the last thing you want to do is get caught not telling the truth on those forms. 
11:28 pm est 

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Thank You From Ultimate Social Security Disability Guide
I just want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have sent me positive comments about my website and how it helped you with your Social Security Disability and SSI claims.  It motivates me to continue to give this information about Social Security Law.  When I started this website I did it because I felt the information out there on Social Security Disability was not available to the general public in an easy to understand way.  I will continue to try and make SSDI and SSI as simple to learn as I can.  As you can tell from reading my site there is a lot of information to absorb.  If you are ever confused it is quite understandable and yet the information I provided on this site so far does not cover every aspect of Social Security Disability law.  I will continue to address more topics.  The more I write on this site the more I realize how much more there is I want to include.  So book mark this site and sign up for my newsletter to get even more information on SSDI and SSI.  This site has been on-line for only two months and over 5,000 people have visited it.  Thank You!  Knowing that I might have helped that many people with their disability claim makes it all worth it. 
8:54 pm est 

Friday, December 29, 2006

Best Chance to Win Your Social Security Disability or SSI Claim
When you first looked at this site you realized how complex Social Security Disability Law is.  It can take a lawyer several years and many cases to understand every aspect of Social Security Disability and SSI.  I have handled thousands of cases and I learn something new all the time.  Just to keep current with the many different issues and changes in the law I attend two 4 day conferences a year.  You can't be expected to know all there is about Social Security Disability.  By reading this site you should at-least have a working knowledge to help win you disability benefits.  I was thinking today about how to make it as simple as possible and I came up with a formula.  Remember every case is different and this is extremely simplified but I think it is the core of every Social Security Disability and SSI claim.  All relevant medical records + treating doctors RFCs + experienced disability lawyer = best chance to win.  If you have have these three things you are giving yourself a good chance of winning your disability benefits.  Medical records are a must to prove your medical conditions, there severity and your course of treatment.  RFCs from your treating doctors are important because they show how your medical conditions limit you.  A lawyer is important because if you don't have a firm grasp of the law you should have someone on your side who does.    
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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New additions to Ultimate Social Security Disability Guide
A page on Social Security Disability in New York has been added.  It includes some of the local Social Security offices and all of the hearing offices in NY.  I have also added a page on Veterans Disability benefits.  VA benefits are not handled by the Social Security Administration but a new law may soon go into affect that would allow Veterans for the first time to hire lawyers at the VA administrative levels.  Be sure to book mark this site because more free disability information is coming.  
9:38 pm est 

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Social Security Disability In NY And Other New Pages
This week I plan to add a page on SSDI and SSI in New York.  I will also try and add a page on fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability.  I will continue to update this site with new pages of different medical conditions and different states.  Remember to stay involved in your case and keep researching Social Security Disability law.  I would also like to wish you all a Happy Holiday Season!
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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Witnesses At Your Social Security Disability Hearing
If you have a hearing scheduled you might be wondering if you should bring witnesses to testify on your behalf.  The answer to this question is it depends.  If you suffer from a condition such as seizure disorder you will want a witness to testify who has observed some of your seizures.  No matter what your medical condition is if you have a home health aid or someone else who helps you with daily tasks they can be a great witness to testify about things you need help with in your daily activities.  Family members can be good witnesses but they tend to be viewed by ALJs as less reliable since they have a personal relationship with the claimant.  Keep in mind that too many witnesses or even unnecessary witnesses will only act to annoy an ALJ who has a huge case load.  If you have an attorney or representative ask them about potential witnesses and let them help you decide if one is helpful or not.  If a one of your treating doctors is willing to testify for you which is rare (doctors have very busy schedules) this can be extremely helpful.  You don't need to have witnesses in every case in fact most probably don't.  Witnesses almost always testify after you have finished your testimony and they are not in the room when you testify.  Some ALJs will use a witness to find contradictions in your testimony and it can be used against you.  So when considering whether to use a witness in a Social Security Disability hearing ask yourself the following questions.  Will the witness add anything helpful to the hearing?  Do I have enough evidence in the file to support my testimony of my limitations such as RFC forms from my doctors?  If so do I really need a witness?  Has this witness been around you enough to give insight to your struggles on a daily basis?  Has this witness experienced a specific event that shows how limited you can be?  Is there anything that could be asked of the witness that my hurt your case?  These questions are a good starting point but I strongly recommend you consult with a lawyer about your hearing and the possibility of using a particular witness.  Lawyers or representatives that have handled many Social Security Disability cases will have a good idea of when a witness is needed.  They will also probably have some knowledge of the ALJ and what that ALJs attitude is towards witnesses.
9:16 pm est 

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Disability Internet Advertisements
If you have researched Social Security Disability for any amount of time you have probably come across those adds that say 90% success rate or we win 95% percent of our cases.  I find these adds to be extremely misleading.  The social security disability representatives that advertise this type of success rate are able to do this because they only take cases they know they will win.  Experienced Social Security Disability representatives in this area of law know what a really strong case looks like.  Some of these representatives are out there after easy money and will take only the cases that would probably win even without a lawyer or representative.  I still recommend getting a lawyer for your Social Security Disability claim but if you see an add that sounds to good to be true it probably is.   
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Monday, December 18, 2006

Application and Reconsideration
If you have started your claim for Social Security Disability or SSI you know that the first step you take is applying for benefits.  If you are denied at this level you then file for reconsideration that is if you are in an area that still has reconsideration.  Each one of these steps usually takes about 3 to 4 months to get a decision.  If you are denied at application don't just wait to be denied again at reconsideration.  Denial rates at reconsideration are somewhere around 85% or more.  I believe a big reason for this is that usually the information in the file is essentially the same as it was when you were denied at application.  It is very important if you are denied at application to check up on your file and see what evidence may be missing.  Most people who file without an attorney tend to rely on Social Security to develop their file.  Don't waist another 3 or 4 months waiting for another denial.  Make sure all your records are in and make sure it includes RFCs from your treating doctors.  By doing this you will make sure your case is fully evaluated and not just a rubber stamp on the first decision.
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Sunday, December 17, 2006

See My New Pages For Back and Depression Disability
I have added to the site two new pages.  These new pages offer some information for those who are trying to get Social Security Disability or SSI for back disorders or depression.  If you suffer from these disabilities you should read these pages but don't stop there.  Make sure to read as much of this site as you can.  You should also read Social Security's website for even more information.  Remember if you want to give your self the best chance of winning your Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits you should research as much as you can.  If you acquire a good understanding of Social Security Disability and how they determine if you are disabled you will increase your chances of winning. 
6:44 pm est 

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Social Security Disability Tip Of The Day

If you have not heard anything from Social Security or your lawyer in two months or more then take the time to check up on your case.  Ask if there is any medicals that are still not in.  If so assist Social Security or your lawyer in getting the information.  Make sure to ask if there are any RFC forms from your doctors in the file.  If not get those forms from your lawyer or Social Security and bring them to your doctor and ask him or her to fill it out for you.  These cases can take a long time but you should still stay active in your case.  Checking up on your case every couple of months will insure that all the information that needs to be in your file is in your file.  From my experience those that stay involved in their case have a much better chance of winning their Social Security Disability or SSI benefits.

5:29 pm est 

Monday, December 11, 2006

Depression Social Security Disability and SSI
This week look for a new page on SSDI and SSI disability for depression.  I will include a discussion on Social Security's medical listing for depression.  I will also include information on the evidence you need to prove your case for disability due to depression.  Lastly, I will go over how limitations from depression even if not disabling themselves when combined with other medical condition limitations can be the difference between winning and losing your Social Security Disability benefits.  Also notice there is a new page on back disabilities.
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Thursday, December 7, 2006

More Information on Social Security Disability Comming Soon
I have not had allot of time to add more information on SSDI or SSI the last couple of days but I plan on working on a page for back disabilities this weekend so check back to see latest changes.
10:07 pm est 

Friday, December 1, 2006

What is SSI and how is it different from Social Security Disability
I have added more information on SSI.  I now have an SSI page that explains the eligibility requirements for SSI.  I also explain the difference between SSI and Social Security Disability.  I provide links to Social Security's web site for further research on the subject.
7:24 pm est 

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