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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".


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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, May 27, 2007

Memorial Day
I just want to thank all those who served or is now serving in our armed forces.  We should all take some time to thank our veterans and current service personnel and their families for their sacrifice to keep us free.  Regardless of what your position is on the current wars we should all support the men and women who are doing their duty.  If you know someone in the military or who has served in the past take the time to thank them.  If you see a person in uniform let them know you appreciate the sacrifices they have made or are making.  Remember it is the sacrifice of the soldier that keeps our lives and freedom safe.  Most importantly please also take a moment to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Have a fun Memorial Day but don't forget what it means.
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Sunday, May 20, 2007

How to help your doctor help you
Many times the most important person in your ssdi or ssi claim is your treating doctor.  In this post I will explain some ways you can make things easier for your doctor to help you.  Don't rely on SSA to get your medical records and RFC forms.  They will usually not get the rfc forms and do a not so great job of getting all your records.  You should inform your doctor of your disability claim and let him know he will be receiving request for his or her records.  Bring your doctor the appropriate rfc form to fill out on a scheduled visit.  This way the doctor is paid for his time and can do any evaluation of you for the forms at that time.  I also recommend, if you have the money, to pay the doctor for his report or records if it is reasonable.  Doctors have allot of patients to take care of and their time is valuable.  If you are having trouble getting your records mention it to him on your next visit but try not to get angry.  Chances are it is the doctor's staff that may have not processed your request.  Remember that your doctor plays a very important part in your Social Security Disability claim so be polite but be persistent.
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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Hearings from lawyers office?

One new thing that the Social Security Administration is testing is the possibility of lawyers being able to have disability hearings by video conference from their office.  I suspect if this does become an option it will first be used by the big disability firms since I imagine the equipment to do this will be expensive.  But as the technology becomes cheaper I can envision a day when many small firms will also be able to do this.  I see a couple of advantages for the claimant if this becomes a reality.  First, I think it could reduce some of the backlog and therefore decrease wait times for hearings.  I think it would probably allow for a more hearings to be scheduled if they allow the attorneys to schedule a bunch of their hearings for a particular day.  The other advantage I see is that claimants would probably be much more comfortable in their lawyers office than a hearing room.  I will keep my eye on this and report anything I hear.

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Quick Post About New Site
I have just started a new website for veterans looking for answers about their disability claims.  You can find a link to it from my page on veterans disability.  When the site is finished it should provide a wealth of information on VA claims.  I am extremely excited about the idea of finally being able to help veterans with their disability claims as I have for so long for those trying to get Social Security Disability.  If you are looking for help with your claim feel free to contact me and I would be glad to discuss your case.
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Rules on Hiring Lawyer for Veterans Disability
This post is to update you on the new rules which allow veterans to hire lawyers.  The rule as it stands now is that a veteran can hire a lawyer after the first BVA decision if they get that lawyer with in one year of that decision.  However, if a notice of disagreement is filled on June 20, 2007 or later the veteran can hire a lawyer at that point.  A veteran can hire an attorney for any court work as well.  This can all be kind of confusing so if you have any questions feel free to e-mail me.  The next question might be what will lawyers charge for their services.  This will depend on the individual lawyer but the law says the fee must be reasonable.  A fee of no more than 20% is considered presumptively reasonable.  I would guess that most attorneys will charge 20% of past due benefits for most cases.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Nova Convention in New Orleans
I am posting today from the conference on veterans disability in New Orleans.  I have been really looking forward to this conference since Veterans will be able to hire lawyers for their disability claims starting in June.  The conference is sold out so I assume many lawyers who handle Social Security Disability claims are here to learn the ins and outs of a VA claim.  I personally am looking forward to being able to help veterans pursue their disability claims.  I believe this new law that allows vets to hire lawyers will benefit Veterans.  I can only speak from my experience in Social Security Law that the advantages of having an attorney are many.  Statistics show that in Social Security claims those that have a representative win at a higher percentage at hearing than those who do not.  I expect that the same will be true for Veterans.  I will post some information from the conference each day.  I will soon be adding more information to my site about this very important area of law.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

New additions to Ultimate Disability Guide
I have included many new things to this site.  I have added a few states and have included a few new medical condition pages.  I will soon be adding a section on Long Term Disability.  I have also added a mental RFC form and updated the physical RFC form.  I have already received e-mails from many of you about how the website has helped you win your claim.  I appreciate hearing how the site has helped.  It motivates me to continue to post new information almost everyday.  This site is still very young and far from complete and I will continue to add new information that I think may benefit anyone pursuing disability benefits.
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