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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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Friday, March 30, 2007

Is it harder to get SSD if you are young?
The short answer is usually.  SSA takes into account age when evaluating if someone can learn new skills for other work.  To get a better understanding of what I am talking about read my page called "am I disabled".  You will see the steps Social Security follows to determine if you are disabled.  If your condition is severe enough to meet or equal a listing then age does not factor into the equation.  If you don't and you get to step 5 this is were it becomes relevant.  Chances are if you are under 50 years old you will have to show you are limited to less than sedentary work at this step.  So how does one prove they can't do even sedentary work?  See my terms page for definition of sedentary work.  Some limitations that can prevent this type of work are difficulty using your hands, mental limitations (ie. concentration and memory), inability to sit for any length of time, extreme pain causing difficulty in concentration, side effects from medication, need to take frequent breaks, vision limitations, and many others.  Just think about how your condition would affect you if you had to do basically a sit down job for 8 hours a day with normal breaks 5 days a week.  It is not enough that you say you have these type of limitations.  You need to have RFCs from your doctor that show the limitations you have and back that up with medical evidence.
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Monday, March 26, 2007

What is new in Social Security Disability and Veterans Law
I will be attending a conference of SSDI lawyers in a few weeks and I will update my site with any new information that I feel may be helpful to you.  I am also going to a conference on Veterans disability and will provide any new information from that as well.  Disability law is constantly changing and I will do everything I can to keep the site up to date and full of new material.  I find these conferences are extremely interesting and informative.  I am especially interested in how the new process in the Boston area is going and plan to write my thoughts on that.  So keep checking back I am adding new stuff all the time.
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Friday, March 23, 2007

Medical conditions that have become more common in disability claims.
In my practice I have noticed an increase in claims for certain medical conditions.  Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, RSD, and Sarcoidosis are a few of these medical conditions.  I don't know for sure if this is a general trend in Social Security Disability or if it is just matter of people who I have helped in the past with these conditions referring people to me.  If it is a general trend I believe one reason for this is the medical community has recently become more aware of these conditions and there symptoms and thus they are being diagnosed more frequently.  The medical community and Social Security Administration also appear to be more accepting of these conditions as real medical conditions.  It was not to long ago and unfortunately still occasionally today that many of the people suffering from these conditions had a hard time proving disability because they had no clear diagnosis.  I can remember many Social Security consultative doctors stating there was no objective medical evidence of any impairment.  I can say from my experience that fortunately for those suffering from these conditions that the trend has appeared to have changed.  I have added to my site some pages on some of these conditions and how they are treated in a Social Security Disability claim.   
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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

I will be adding new forms and medical conditions
I just got back from a few days off.  I just want to let you know if you e-mailed me I will respond as soon as possible.  I plan to work on more individual medical conditions this week and will add them to my page labeled other medical conditions.  Many of you have requested RFC forms from me I plan to add more RFCs to my site to make them easier to get.  I am fine tuning some specific RFCs for certain medical conditions.  This will make available RFCs for specific conditions.  The general physical and mental forms are good I frequently use them myself but I am trying to make them better and yet still simple enough that a doctor will fill them out.  I have found that many doctors refuse to fill out forms that are too detailed.  The key is to find a balance between being thorough and yet practical.  After all a form is only helpful to your case if the doctor fills it out.  
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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Should you use representative recommended by insurance company?

Those who are receiving Long Term Disability benefits from an insurance company are often referred to a representative to help them with their Social Security Disability claim.  The reason the insurance companies do this is because if you get SSDI then they can pay less through an offset.  Should you take the representative they refer you to?  It may seem to make sense since the insurance company has an interest in you winning SS benefits so the person they recommend is probably a good representative.  The thing to keep in mind is that this representative although not an employee of the insurance company does have a relationship with them.  Now suppose there is a clause in your LTD policy that says you can only get LTD benefits for 2 years for a psychiatric condition.  You may be disabled for psychiatric and physical reasons.  How you pursue your SSDI claim could be influenced by the fact that if you are found disabled by Social Security for mostly psychiatric reasons with less emphasis on your physical problems your LTD carrier could use this against you and deny you after 2 years.  Let me first say that most representatives would not put their business relationship with the insurance company ahead of a client.  But I personally would want someone unconnected with an insurance company since I may have to be in a legal fight with that insurance company later.   

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Friday, March 9, 2007

I Continue to Update this Site
If you have not been to this site in a while check out the new additions to the website.  I have added a few new medical conditions.  I also added some information on some new states.  I continue to add more posts on my blog both here and at my blog on blogger.  The Ultimate Disability Guide will continue to update regularly so don't forget to book mark this site.  I will be adding more medical conditions, states and general information about Social Security Disability and SSI.  If there is an area of this law that you would like to see me address let me know by e-mail.  If you know anyone who might be helped by reading this site be sure to let them know about it.  As always, good luck.
8:46 pm est 

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Wait Times in Social Security Disability claims will get longer for a while
My opinion is that the amount of time it takes to get decisions will get longer at-least in the short term.  I say this because I think SSA is trying to make to many changes at ounce and they probably don't have the adequate amount of funding to do so.  Social Security is testing a new process in the Boston area.  They are revamping there system on the way lawyers get paid.  SSA is also implementing electronic files.  They are also making numerous other changes all aimed at improving and speeding up the system.  But as with any new changes all these things have to be integrated into the existing Social Security System.  Just imagine SSA employees have to learn all the new stuff while trying to keep up with there present duties.  In my practice I have seen the results of this.  I am only speaking from my own observations but I have noticed that many ALJs appear to have retired instead of having to learn electronic files.  Even if these ALJs are replaced it takes time and the new ALJs have to learn the system.  In January of this year a new system for paying lawyers went into affect and payment to attorneys was almost at a stand still for two months prior to and to months after the changes.  Again this is from my observation and that of other lawyers I spoke to.  So I expect longer wait times at-least until Social Security works out the new procedures.  But then again the new process is coming after they are done testing it in the Boston area so it could be bad for a while.
8:17 pm est 

Friday, March 2, 2007

Reopening a Prior Claim for Social Security Disability Benefits
In a Social Security Disability claim you can only get paid from one year prior to when you applied.  In an SSI claim you can only get paid from date of your application.  There is however a way to get more benefits if you had a prior claim that was denied.  You can attempt to reopen the prior claim thus allowing your benefits to be paid using the earlier application instead of the later application.  This is not always possible and the rules that govern this are complex.  What you need to know is if you had applied before and you have a lawyer make sure to tell him right away.  If you don't have an attorney you may want to consider consulting one who has handled many SSDI claims about possibly reopening your prior claim.  In my practice I have been able to get years of additional benefits paid to disabled individuals using the rules on reopening.  Not everyone who has had a prior claim can have that claim reopened but it an issue well worth exploring.
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