social security disability - social security
disability lawyer - supplemental security income - social security disability benefits
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.
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".
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.
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.
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
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 Disability. What 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
I wish you good luck with your claim and further encourage you
to finish reading this site.
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.
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.
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.
We have attempted to provide up to date and accurate information, however the information in this site is not guaranteed.
No attorney client relationship exist. The information in this site is not a substitute for consultation with a qualified
on social security disability or if you need a social security disability lawyer to assist you with supplemental security income
or social security disability benefits then we are your primary source