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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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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

I will start to update more frequently soon
I have not had allot of time to post recently but expect to have time soon and will do my best to post as frequently as I have in the past.  If you have questions feel free to e-mail me as I try and get to those questions every day or two.  Just a little reminder to stay involved in your case, get in all your medical records that are relevant and learn as much as you can by reading this site and other sites such as the SSA website.  The more you know about Social Security Disability the better chance you have of winning your claim whether you have a lawyer or not.  Good Luck and I will be writing on some new topics soon.
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Saturday, July 21, 2007

How to make sure claim gets through the SSA process quickly
I am frequently asked how one can speed up their claim for Social Security Disability or SSI.  The best advice I can give is to make sure you get all your medical evidence in as fast as you can including RFCs and reports from your doctors.  If SSA asks you for information, get it to them as fast as possible.  There is not much you can do about delays on the government end of a claim but you can make sure everything on your side of the claim is handled timely.  You will also want to keep track of your claim every few months or so but not more frequently than that since you will will only cause your case to be slowed down if you are constantly checking on it.  When you do check on your claim always ask if they are waiting for anything from you.  Frequently SSA may be waiting for something from you and either you were never notified or you simply you were confused by one of SSA's less than clear letters to you.  If you have a lawyer check with your lawyer from time to time and let them check up on your case since they are familiar with the usual time-line and know when a case needs to be checked up on.
10:07 pm edt 

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Will SSA be implementing Quick Disability Determinations
Right now being tested is a new computer program that screens claims for quick determinations in Social Security Disability and SSI cases.  It looks like with the promising results SSA has had with this program that it could soon be released nation wide.  The program screens cases to determine cases that have a good chance of being favorable and referring them to a special group that determines if the case can be fast tract to a favorable decision.  According to the SSA seventy nine percent of the claims referred in the test group were decided favorably with in 20 days.  Sixteen percent were determined favorable above the 20 days.  Five percent were not medically allowed.  Seven of the ten diagnosis most frequently referred were cancer cases.  The other three were premature birth rate under 1200 grams, chronic renal failure, and autistic disorder.  This new program appears to be a very positive improvement to initial determinations and I hope it is implemented to the whole system soon since it will provide almost immediate favorable decisions to obvious cases.  Hopefully this will also be able to cut down processing time of other cases by reducing the amount of cases that go through the normal process.  Those opposed to using computer programs to speed up the disability process will have a hard time arguing with statistics like those shown above.  We are only talking about clear cut cases but one wonders whether the use of computer programs like this will not become a bigger part of the Social Security Disability and SSI process.
7:23 pm edt 

Update to last post on medical listings
The Social Security Administration has released a new deadline for changes to the medical listing of impairments.  There was supposed to be several changes to the medical listings by July of this year.  It looks like SSA is giving itself another year to implement these changes and the listings will remain the same for now.  If SSA finishes any of the new listings they will announce it.  So for time being nothing has been changed recently.
7:03 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

New Medical Listings for SSDI and SSI
I was recently asked about SSA's plan to update their medical listing of impairments.  At the last conference I was at they talked about working on changing many of the medical listings to bring them up to date and making them more understandable and easier to implement.  I have not heard anything new on the progress but will post anything I hear and update the medical listing page on my site when they change.  I would also like to say I hope you all had a nice holiday.
8:35 pm edt 

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Social Security Disability Hearings
The biggest problem with Social Security Disability hearings, in my opinion, is that the ALJ who is assigned to your case can be the largest factor in whether you win or not.  There needs to be more uniformity in how decisions are made.  I find that when I look at my schedule of hearings I first look to see who the ALJ is even before studying the case.  I noticed this the other day and it leads me to believe there is a fundamental problem with the way hearings are decided.  The good news is that I do find that the Appeals Council appears to know this too and does a pretty good job of sending back cases to be reconsidered by the ALJ.  The only problem with this is that you almost always get sent back to the same ALJ.  The reason the case is sent back to the same ALJ is so the ALJ learns the reasons why the case was sent back.  The problem with this is that many ALJs don't like to get remanded and take the position that the Appeals Council will remand for any reason instead of actually wondering why the case was remanded.  The problem is somewhat relieved by the fact that if you have the same ALJ twice you get a new ALJ for the third hearing but this can take years. 
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