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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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Monday, April 27, 2009

New National Hearing Center opened in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

With Social Security's increase funding they have taken steps to improve the backlog of Social Security Disability cases at the hearing stage. This new office should be particularly helpful to those in New Mexico but this office will also serve the rest of the country by video hearing. Commissioner Astrue also plans to use the new money to invest in technologies that will improve service. The first National Hearing Center was opened in Falls Church Virginia in 2007 to help with increasing backlogs in Atlanta Georgia, Cleveland Ohio, and Flint Michigan. The new national hearing Center will help reduce the backlogs particularly in New Mexico, Kansas City and Portland Oregon.  "With Senator Bingaman's leadership, Social Security has received additional funding to hire and fill jobs in New Mexico and throughout the nation, as well as invest in technologies that improve service," Commissioner Astrue said.  "This funding is crucial to our efforts to handle the increased workloads resulting from the economic downturn as well as the aging of the baby boom generation.  Our employees are making positive strides toward driving down the hearing backlog and providing prompt service to the public.  With sustained support, I am confident we can successfully address these challenges."

It is my hope that the new funding dedicated to programs like this will help reduce the extremely long wait times that many claimants are experiencing waiting for Social Security Disability hearing.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Speeding up your Social Security Disability claim.
This post is not about special tricks that help you get a faster SSDI or SSI decision. This is about what you can do to make sure you do everything you can to get a timely decision on your social security disability case. First, you should make sure your actions are not slowing down your case. If Social Security ask you for information make sure to get the information to them as fast as possible. Do not count on SSA to get your medical evidence. This is particularly true, when you want a report or functional assessment from your doctor. SSA rarely sends for reports or functional assessments from your treating doctors. You can expect SSA to only make minimal effort in getting your medical records. Take it upon yourself to make sure you have all the favorable evidence from your doctors that you need to win your case. Second, every stage of the process is an opportunity for you to win your case so do not take any of the stages for granted. If you have done alot of research you will know that the denial rate at the reconsideration stage is anywhere between 80 and 90%. However, the main reason for this high denial rate, in my opinion is, because most people do not add any new medical evidence between getting their first denial and their decision at reconsideration. When you get your denial at application it will tell you what medical records they have reviewed. Look at this evidence and see what medical evidence they did not have when they made this first decision. Now that you know what is missing you can take it upon yourself to go out and get this evidence. Third, if you are at the hearing stage it can take anywhere from one to two years and sometimes more to get a hearing. You will get a copy of your file at this stage of the process. Take the opportunity to review your file and see why they have denied your claim. Also, review the medical evidence and determine what might be missing from the file that could help you win. As soon as you have all the evidence in that proves your case, you may give yourself a chance to win before you even have a hearing date. The hearing offices have recently begun doing a more comprehensive prescreening of cases at hearing. I have found a significant increase in cases being won at the hearing stage before a hearing. If your case is particularly strong you can request a prehearing fully favorable decision. This is best done with the help of a lawyer who can send in a brief as to why you should be granted a fully favorable decision on the record without need for hearing. If you have a lawyer you can ask them to do this for you, but it is usually only done when the lawyer feels the case is very strong and all the evidence is in. This is because if a lawyer did this on every case the hearing office would simply ignore them. If a lawyer is selective and only chooses to do this for cases that have a high probability of success the hearing office will give strong consideration to those cases sent in by the attorney.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Updates on my Social Security Disability website.
This post is another update to some recent changes made to the website. I was reviewing my website and realized that I do not have a page on Social Security disability and cancer. Quite an oversight by me. So I added a page that explains how Social Security handles these types of cases. You can find this new page by clicking on other medical conditions in the navigation bar and then clicking on cancer. You will find a link to the appropriate medical listings of impairments section and a list of the cancers on Social Security's compassionate allowance list which allows for a much quicker favorable determination for those who have a cancer on that list. I have not had as much time as I would like to finish updating the statistics for all the states on denial rates and wait times. But I will be getting to this in the near future. I also have a Social Security disability conference coming up and will post anything that may be of interest to you that I learn while attending. I will also be working on some new pages for my website with the focus on specific medical conditions and how they are handled in SSDI and SSI cases. As always, if there is any subjects you would like to see covered in my website that you cannot find feel free to send me an e-mail and suggest any topics.
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