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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, February 29, 2008

Thank You to all my readers!
I just want to thank all of you and share with you the success of this website.  I started this website one year and two months ago and I have had 139,410 new visitors to the site.  This number does not include return visits to the site.  This motivates me to continue to try and provide the best information on Social Security Disability and SSI on the web.  I hope that all of you who have read my information were able to get better insight into Social Security law and how the process works.  Most of all I hope it has helped many of you win your claim for benefits.  I have received many e-mails from some of you telling me how much the information has helped you and how you found information on my site that you could not find anywhere else.  I appreciate the feed back and again thank you.
9:59 pm est 

Thursday, February 28, 2008

RFCs and Social Security Disability
Many of you who have read my website have learned about using RFC forms to help prove your disability.  However, it is important that when you have your doctors fill out these forms that they also explain what their opinion is based on.  There is spaces provided on these forms to provide this information and it is extremely important that your doctor fill these sections in as well.  there is a growing case law that is stating that a form that amounts to just checking off boxes is not sufficient for proving ones limitations.  So it is very important that you have all your doctors medical records in the file and his explanation as to how he or she concluded your limitations.  It can also help to have a report from your doctor that gives a diagnosis, history, physical and/or mental exam findings, test and other medically acceptable techniques.  If you have an RFC that shows you to be disabled and it is supported by the records and either a report or is well explained in the the RFC it would be very difficult for SSA to deny you even if their doctors show you less limited.
9:37 pm est 

Friday, February 22, 2008

SSA Medical Listing Changes
The Social Security Administration has been hard at work on making changes to the medical listing of impairments.  Their stated goal is to bring the medical listings up to date and to make them easier to understand and use in SSDI and SSI cases.  I will be updating my pages on these listings soon.  I have already changed the digestive system listings.  As more listings change I will try and replace them with the up to date version.  Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope that the changes they make will be more use-able and understandable than the present listings.  It is my fear, but I hope I am wrong, that the medical listings will be even harder to prove than they are today in Social Security Disability cases.  As always I will be following the process and look forward to the next conference to see what SSA has to say about the upcoming changes and how they feel it will help the process.
3:54 pm est 

Saturday, February 16, 2008

SSDI Hearings and ALJs
For detailed information on what happens at a hearing see my page on the subject.  I am just going to talk about how differently hearings are conducted depending on the ALJ who is running it.  Some hearings are very long lasting from 1 to 2 hours.  These may include experts and lay witness testimony or the ALJ or lawyer asked every question possible.  Some hearings can be extremely short lasting only 10 or 20 minutes.  On some occasions you may never enter the room because your lawyer and the ALJ worked it out in a pre hearing meeting.  The length and intensity of your hearing can depend on many factors.  Some ALJs only ask a few questions and others ask every question possible whether relevant or not.  The same goes for lawyers.  Most hearings last somewhere between 45 minutes to an hour.  My point in telling you this is so that you don't draw any conclusions from how long your hearing lasted.  You can ask your lawyer how thinks it went since sometimes the lawyer has a feel for how the case may go.  But even then I can tell you from experience I have been surprised by decisions that came out favorable and unfavorable.  The best thing you can do is be patient and try not to think about it too much until you get decision.
9:22 pm est 

Friday, February 8, 2008

Disability Service Improvement Process Appears Dead
At least for now it looks like the Social Security Administration will be terminating the DSI process in the Boston region.  I have posted before about the new process that was coming to Social Security Disability claims.  I have learned through the NOSSCR Forum that the new process presently being tested in the Boston region will stop.  The two biggest problems of that new process were the "5 day rule" which required all evidence be submitted 5 days before the hearing.  The other major problem was the elimination of claimant initiated administrative appeal of ALJ's decisions.  The process is still active in that region until officially stopped by the Commissioner.  The decision to halt this process is good news for all those with SSDI and SSI claims.  SSA has listened to the complaints of many representatives who had complained that this was unfair to claimants given the great difficulty in obtaining medical records from medical sources.  There appears that there will still be some sort of changes to the process but for now SSA has agreed to consult with lawyer and representative groups about the best way to improve the process without hurting claimants rights.   
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