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The purpose of this site is to provide free SSDI and SSI information. 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 Social Security Disability process. If you have any questions that are not answered by this site or want a free consultation, please feel free to e-mail me at karl@ultimatedisabilityguide.comvisit my law firm's website or call 877-527-5529.  I will try to answer any questions you might have about Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 

     My name is Karl Kazmierczak, Esq. I am a Board Certified Social Security Disability Specialist by the National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy. Please click on the 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 Pennsylvania. 

How to Use this site.  If you are new to the process of Social Security Disability, I recommend you start by 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.
     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. Please note that it is my intention to provide accurate and up-to-date information on this site, as I put in great effort to do this. However, the information on this site is not guaranteed and no lawyer-client relationship exists.  This site is not a substitute for consultation with a lawyer.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

It has been a long but interesting 2 weeks.
Last week I was at the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives conference and this week I am at the NOVA convention and next week I will be at a meeting with SSA to discuss the agencies program for lawyers to access the claimants file through the net.  So if you have e-mailed me it will take me a little longer than normal to get back to you but I try to get back to everyone who e-mails me as soon as possible.  When I am away from my office I try to add more pages to my website.  I have already added a couple of pages and will probably add a few more before I am done.  As always I wish you all luck with your disability claims.  I will post again soon.
12:49 am edt 

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Lawyers access to SSDI e-file over the net.
It looks like attorney's access to the e-file over the Internet is still a little ways away.  At the NOSSCR conference I learned that the pilot program for allowing lawyers to view the SSA file remotely is not scheduled until June 2008.  It sounds like they still have some issues to deal with.  At-least it looks like it will become a reality soon.  I still believe when this program is implemented it will be the best thing that SSA has done to date to speed up the long processing times at the Social Security Administration.  I will be tracking this program closely and if I hear anything of significance on the issue I will report it hear.  I will continue to report on things I learned at the conference and will be adding more pages to my site this week.  I will soon be attending the NOVA conference on Veterans Disability and will also be reporting on that event as well. 
11:17 pm edt 

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue Speaks at NOSSCR
Michael J. Astrue Commissioner of Social Security spoke at he NOSSCR conference this week. He talked about his plan to decrease processing time of Social Security Disability claims. I will talk about a few of the his plans to reduce the huge backlog of cases. One thing he talked about was the success and need to expand the quick disability determination. The QDD is a computer program that screens cases for those that are most likely to win. They have reported that 97% of these cases were decided in the first 21 days. It presently screens for only a few medical conditions and most are types of cancer. This program was tested in the New England states. The plan is to expand the program to other states and include more medical conditions in the screening. He also plans to continue and even expand the use of video hearings to the point were lawyers will be able to hold hearings from their office. He also stated that they are hard at work to make SSA 100% paperless which would make the processing of claims at all levels much quicker. He also spoke of the return of the attorney adviser program which allows senior SSA lawyers to make fully favorable decisions before a case is assigned to an ALJ. He was greatly concerned by the baby boom generation which is starting to reach retirement age and the impact that would have in conjunction with his shrinking SSA work force. Commissioner Astrue also spoke of the problem of ALJ's who were not adjudicating enough cases.  After listening to him speak I came to the conclusion that he knows the immense problems he faces and appears to have the plan and determination to make a positive impact on the Social Security System.
11:02 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

What to do when denied by Social Security
So you have just received a denial on your Social Security Disability claim.  Don't panic and don't give up.  The best thing you can do is stop and think about what you have done to try and win.  Did you get in all your medical evidence?  Did you submit RFC forms from your treating doctors?  Did you take the time to learn all you can about how SSA determines if you are disabled?  Did you understand what you have to prove to win?  Did you handle the case yourself or did you get a lawyer to help you?  If you did all the things above perhaps you just got unlucky and the person deciding your case feels no one is disabled.  If you are taking the time to try and get disability benefits than you probably feel strongly that you can't work.  If you feel this way keep fighting.  The good news is the Social Security process has many appeals.  At each step of the way don't get discouraged if you lose, figure out why and do what you can to improve your case.  If you get denied and you don't do anything to improve your file it is hard to imagine a different result.  The best thing you can do to help yourself win is be knowledgeable, get the evidence you need and keep appealing. 
9:56 pm edt 

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Added Features to Ultimate Disability Guide
I have been hard at work updating the site recently.  I have added more state specific pages.  I have also included more statistics on how long it takes at the hearing stage and provided the denial rates at application and reconsideration for every state.  I have also tried to post more often.  I will be attending two conferences this month one on Social Security Disability and one on Veterans disability.  I will report back any information I think may be of interest to you so make sure to check back.  The subject I will be most interested in at the conference is how SSA is implementing changes to speed up the claims process. 
7:59 pm edt 

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Am I Eligible for SSI
I am frequently asked by people if they would be eligible for SSI.  The first thing you should know is that SSI eligibility is based on financial need and is only available to those with little or no income.  This is a different program than SSDI (Social Security Disability) which eligibility is based on whether you worked and paid into the system enough work quarters.  Both programs also require you to be disabled.  Figuring out whether you qualify for SSI can be very complex I recommend you read my page called SSI which can be found in the navigation bar.  At the bottom of this page is an SSI eligibility tool from the SSA website.  It is a questionnaire that will help you determine if you are eligible.  I hope you find the tool useful.   
8:58 pm edt 

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