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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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Monday, January 22, 2007

To Lawyers Reading This Site
If you are a lawyer reading this site chances are you have not handled many Social Security Disability claims.  I invite lawyers and representatives who have any questions about Social Security Disability to e-mail me anytime.  The purpose of this site is to help the disabled get there benefits by being informed of the process.  So if I can help any attorneys out there it will help more of the disabled.  Also feel free to e-mail me if you are an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer and disagree with anything I have written in this site.  My goal is to provide as accurate information as possible and I would appreciate different views on any of the topics covered in this site.
9:56 pm est 

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Social Security Disability decisions are anything but consistent.
I am often asked by frustrated claimants why they are having difficulty getting benefits when they know someone who is less disabled who is?  There are many reasons for the inconsistency in decisions.  The biggest reason may come done to simply who is deciding your particular case.  There are rules and regulations that guide the disability process but how they are interpreted and used often comes down to who is deciding your claim.  The decision to find you disabled or not will ultimately be decided by a few individuals.  So you may get some very sympathetic people deciding your claim or you may get someone who thinks practically no one is disabled.  This is most apparent at the hearing stage before an Administrative Law Judge.  At this stage the ALJ is the sole decider of your claim.  I have experienced ALJs on both ends of the spectrum.  The Appeals Council does act as a check on ALJs decisions but it is certainly no guarantee.  As long as human beings are deciding the issue of disability in Social Security cases there will be inconsistency in decisions.  Social Security is playing around with the idea of using computer programs to make decisions more uniform.  I feel this could be an even worse situation because I can't tell you how many times I won Social Security Disability hearings because of the claimants appearance and testimony.  Sometimes the medical records and other factors like age education and work background don't tell the whole story.  So the Social Security Disability system is less then perfect and to the Social Security Administrations credit they do acknowledge this and are trying ways to correct it.  My advice to you is if you know you are disabled don't give up because the longer your case goes the more people at SSA will get to decide your case and you might finally get the one person who sees that you are disabled. 
10:29 pm est 

Monday, January 15, 2007

New Pages on Disability for Fibromyalgia and Asthma
I have added new pages on fibromyalgia and asthma.  You can find them by clicking on other medical conditions on the navigation bar.  I will soon be adding pages on Social Security Disability and SSI in different states.  I currently have pages for New York and New Jersey.  I try and add more information on Social Security Disability and SSI everyday so keep coming back to see what is new.  If you ever have any questions feel free to contact me.
10:22 pm est 

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Social Security Disability and SSI Electronic Files
SSA will soon have electronic files in all states.  This means your files will no longer be in paper format.  This should improve the process for several reasons.  First,  many of the paper files get lost.  When this happens the file must be reconstructed.  When a file is reconstructed valuable evidence can be lost and it certainly slows down the processing of the claim.  This is one of the reasons I always suggest you follow up on your claim regularly.  Electronic files should solve this problem of lost files.  Second, SSA's plan is to send a CD of the file to the claimant or representative at varies stages of the process.  This should help quit a bit because you will be able to know what is in your file and will be able to get what is missing from the file.  It will also prevent sending in duplicates of records already in file which can save the claimant money by not paying for records Social Security already has.  Third, with paper files the files have to be mailed from one Social Security office to another during different stages of the process.  This causes delays in processing and lost files.  Lastly, if the medical profession starts to make better use of electronic records then transfer of records to Social Security will be quicker and less costly since the records would not have to be copied or mailed.  My experience so far with Social Security's electronic files has been mixed but I definitely see the potential in its use.  In the cases I have handled that have electronic files I was only provided a CD late in the hearing stage.  While this still has advantages it will be much better when I can get the CD at the earlier stages.  If you don't have a computer and you have an electronic file you can have Social Security print you a copy.
9:09 pm est 

Monday, January 8, 2007

Denied by ALJ Now What?
I am frequently asked by claimants and lawyers if one should file a new application or appeal to the Appeals Council after being denied at the hearing level by an ALJ.  Most of the time I do both at the same time.  There are many reasons for this.  First, appeals take a very long time but are essential if you want to be able to get your payments paid back to your onset date in that claim.  If you don't appeal, the date of the ALJ's denial will be your new onset date for any new claim.  You might now be wondering why you should file an application while your appeal is being processed.  As mentioned earlier application are usually decided faster than Appeals Council appeals.  Also if you get a favorable decision on your new application this can sometimes trigger a remand at the appeals council which means you can get a new hearing for your earlier claim.  There may be reasons in individual cases not to make a new application while the appeal is pending.  There may also be reasons in individual cases to not file an appeal and to just file a new application.  If you are at this point and don't have the advice of a lawyer it would be a good idea to consider consulting with one.
9:13 pm est 

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Social Security Disability and Specific Medical Conditions
I am presently working on a pages for this site on specific medical conditions in the context of Social Security Disability and SSI.  I already have pages on back disorders and depression.  I plan to add fibromyalgia, RSD, HIV, Seizure disorders, and many others.  I will then be adding pages on childhood disabilities like ADHD and Asthma in relation to Child's SSI.  My plan is to make this the most comprehensive resource on the web for Social Security Disability, SSI and Child's SSI.  This will all take time and I encourage you to book mark this site and keep checking back for updates.  If you have spent any time on this site you will realize that I have provided quite a bit of information on SSDI, SSI, and child's SSI in just two months of being on-line.  I plan to continue this pace and to keep providing this free information so that anyone trying to get disability benefits has access to this information.  If you can't find the information you are looking for on my site feel free to e-mail me and I will try and get you the information. 
7:46 pm est 

Friday, January 5, 2007

Wait times for Social Security Disability and SSI Hearings
I have made a page on how long it takes to get a Social Security Disability and SSI hearing.  You can find this page by going to the hearing page on this site and clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.  I will research the other stages of the process and try and post pages on wait times for application and reconsideration. 
8:54 pm est 

Thursday, January 4, 2007

New Information on Social Security Hearing Delays
I will be posting on this site the average amount of days from requesting a hearing until you get a an ALJ hearing.  I recently came across Social Security's internal report on delays in the hearing process.  I will post the results by region.  I will also include some other interesting hearing statistics.  Look for it in the next couple of days.  I also will be adding the promised section on fibromyalgia and Social Security Disability.
10:35 pm est 

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Observations at a Local Social Security Disability Office
I was at a local Social Security Administration Office today and I made a few observations.  This is a point I have made in the past but seeing it first hand I want to share it with you again.  I noticed claimants were visibly upset about the process and expressing it in their demeanor and attitude at the employees of Social Security.  It is understandable that people are frustrated with Social Security and the process; however, never take it out on the people who are working on your case.  In most cases the employees who are getting the anger directed at them are not to blame and have frustration with the system as well.  Social Security has a huge case load and from my experience, and this was reaffirmed by my visit to this particular field office the employees work very hard to get it right.  I handle many of these cases and I am aware of all the problems in the Social Security process so I too have to constantly remind myself to treat the employees with the respect I would want them to show me.  So when you deal with Social Security keep your mind on the goal and that is to win your Social Security Disability benefits.  Before you take out your frustration think to your self is this going to help or hurt my claim.
5:32 pm est 

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Recent Awards for Ultimate Social Security Disability Guide

The Ultimate Disability Guide has recently won two website awards.  I would like to thank those websites for recognizing this site.  It is nice to be recognized by other quality sites on the web.  To see the awards go to the awards page in the navigation bar.

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