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This is the ultimate Social Security Disability web site
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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.   

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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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EXAMPLES OF WHY YOU SHOULD CONTINUE READING THIS SITE:

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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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pressure on SSA for faster processing.
The Social Security Administration has been under a great deal of pressure lately.  The focus appears to be the long delays in processing of claims.  There has been numerous magazine and newspaper articles and even TV segments on national news programs.  I think this will help to put pressure on the Social Security Disability process to speed up claims but I hope it does cause the SSA to sacrifice fairness for speed.  Many of the SSA's program improvements I have spoke about in previous post should help but others greatly reduce the claimants rights for full and fair review of there claims.  It is a very difficult problem because even if all the SSA's new policies to speed up the process are put in place the increasing number of claims will make it difficult to show SSA has made any improvement in processing times.  I still feel the best new program that could really make a difference but that no one seems to be talking about is the initiative to make claimant's file available for viewing by their lawyers and the claimants themselves.  In my mind, this is the single most important change to the process that could actually make the biggest difference.  I will not go over all the virtues of this program again since I have done so in earlier post.  I just find it amazing that the people who are writing about the delays in processing and talking about it on TV never mention this program.  
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

New hope for those in regions with longest wait times for a hearing.
The Social Security Administration opened the National Hearing Center on December 17, 2007.  The purpose of this new office is to hear cases by video hearing for those ODARs with the longest wait times.  They will focus on doing cases from the Atlanta, Cleveland and Detroit ODARs.  There are presently seven ALJs assigned to this office.  There is some opposition for this coming from the ALJs union.  The fear of the union is that this is the start of a process to eliminate ODARs all together and move towards an all video hearing system.  In my opinion the fears of the union are outweighed by the need to speed up the hearing process especially in places were the wait times are ridiculously long.  To give you an example the processing time in Atlanta is over 900 days long.  These kind of delays are unfair to claimants who are often time with out a source of income for over 2 and a half years while they wait for a decision from the time they request a hearing.  The opening of this new office will hopefully be able to reduce the wait times in these regions and can only benefit those who are trying to get there Social Security Disability and SSI benefits.  The source of this information is the NOSSCR Forum.
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Friday, January 4, 2008

What are your chances of winning a SSDI or SSI claim?
I often get e-mails briefly describing ones case and then asking me what chance they have of winning.  One thing to keep in mind is that every case is unique and this can be a very difficult question to answer without having the ability to see the entire file and speaking to the claimant.  There are certain things that can make cases stronger than others but I can tell you no one knows for sure if a particular case will win or not even if they have all the information they need to make an assessment.  There are so many variables from age, education, medical conditions, limitations from conditions, who is deciding the case, work experience and so on.  The best thing I can tell you is that you know if you can work or not and if you can't work you should fight to prove it to SSA using all the tools available to you.  Learn the law of Social Security Disability cases the best you can.  Get all your medical records in and get opinions and RFCs from your treating doctors.  Get legal help if you need it.  Most importantly no matter what you hear, even if a lawyer tells you it is not a good case, if you can't work keep fighting.  From my years of practice I can tell you that some cases that appear very good sometimes lose and others that appear weak sometimes win.  I can't tell you how many times I have taken on a case that appears weak in the way of evidence or other factors that I accepted because I believed the claimant could not work after speaking with them.  Often times a case may be turned away by lawyers and considered weak because of lack of evidence.  This is often the result of the claimant not having insurance or other ways to pay for treatment.  Many of these cases can be and are won.  Remember, if you know in your heart you can't work do all you can to improve your case and keep the faith even if you are told it is a weak case.  If a lawyer tells you you don't have a strong case try and keep in mind that most lawyers do want to help people but it is also a business and each law firm has there own criteria on cases they will take based on their view of their chance of being successful.  Some law firms and non-lawyer representatives have very strict criteria and only take cases that are a very strong. 
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