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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".


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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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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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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mistakes in Social Security Disability Claim
One of the biggest mistakes people applying for Social Security disability make is assuming they will win their disability claim because they are "clearly" disabled. The second biggest mistake people applying for Social Security disability make is assuming everyone loses the first time around. I will address both of these in turn. You may know you are disabled and everybody in your family and who knows you may also know that you are disabled. What you can't lose sight of is the fact that you still have to prove you are disabled to the Social Security Administration to win your benefits. I am telling you this so that you do not neglect making sure you do everything you can to win right from the start. This means you must understand how Social Security determines if you are disabled. You must also make sure all your medical records are received by Social Security, and not rely on them to get these records. You must also make sure you get opinion evidence from your doctors. Lastly, get a lawyer for your claim if you are not absolutely sure you are capable of doing the above on your own. Now, I will address what I called the second biggest mistake. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard from people that "the application doesn't matter because everybody loses the first time around." This is not true. If you have this attitude you are assuring yourself of a negative outcome. You must look at the application as your first opportunity to win your claim. Remember, if you win at application you will receive your benefits quicker and you will not have to go through the difficult process of testifying at a hearing. To give yourself the best chance to win you must understand the law have all your medical evidence and get a lawyer if necessary. Anyone applying for SSDI or SSI benefits should not assume they will win or lose at this stage in fact you should only be concerned with one thing. What can I do to give myself the best chance to win. You cannot control who makes decision on your case or what Social Security does, but you can control your end of the process. This way when you receive your denial or approval you will know that you did everything you can and have no regrets. If you are approved you will have the satisfaction that your time and effort has paid off. If you lose you should take it as an opportunity to figure out what else you can do to improve your claim to get approved at the next level.
8:55 pm edt 

Monday, July 13, 2009

Disability Hearings and Other Stuff
If you have been waiting a long time for your Social Security disability hearing and you are hoping to have your hearing scheduled in August you may be disappointed. I have no official stats to prove this is true but I found in my practice that August tends to be one of the slower months when it comes to the scheduling of SSD and SSI hearings. I think this is probably because most ALJ's and much of the staff probably take their summer vacations in this month just like everybody else. This may also mean it may take longer to get a decision if you have a hearing in July or August. I hope for the sake of all those waiting for hearing that this is not the case and just coincidence in my practice but the trend also makes a lot of sense when you think about it. I have been doing a lot of traveling lately due to having out-of-state Social Security and VA disability hearings. So if you have sent me an e-mail recently and have not received a response I am catching up on them as quickly as possible. Because of all my traveling recently I have not been able to write as much as I would like on my disability websites and blogs but I plan to pick up the pace in the next couple of weeks and in August when my hearing schedule is lighter. I am also meeting other Social Security disability specialists who were also certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy later this month which perhaps will provide me with some new interesting material to share with you.  I hope you are all enjoying your summer and that your summer is made better by favorable decisions in your claims.
10:14 pm edt 

Thursday, July 2, 2009

You received your Social Security disability hearing date. Now what?
If you have recently received your hearing date letter notifying you of the date and time of your Social Security disability hearing you probably only have a month or two to make sure your file is complete. With this letter you should receive a copy of your file on CD. If you did not recieve your file there should be instructions on how you can get your file. You should review your file as soon as possible. This way, you can determine if all of the evidence you need to prove your case is in the Social Security file. You will want to make sure all of your hospital records, treatment records, and opinion evidence from your doctors are in the file. It is extremely important that you make sure you have opinion evidence from your doctors. There are a couple of types of opinion evidence that is valuable in a Social Security disability claim. One, is a detailed report from your doctor explaining your medical condition, your treatment and limitations you have from your medical conditions. The second type of opinion evidence is what is referred to as an RFC form. These are forms designed to help your docotr know what limitations are important in a Social Security disability claim and to get their opinion on what your limitations are in those areas. When you get your file you will also want to look to see what the Social Security doctors have said about your condition and limitations. You have waited a long time to get this hearing so make sure you do everything you can to win at this stage. This includes, getting a lawyer if necessary. You may strongly want to consider getting a lawyer if you are not 100% sure what you have to prove to win your case or if you have the evidence to do it. You may also want to consider getting a lawyer if your hearing letter states that a vocational expert and or medical expert will also be at the hearing. Hearings that include medical and vocational experts can be significantly more complex than hearings without them. Depending on their testimony you may have to cross examine these experts. This is not an easy task, especially if you have no experience in cross examination and or you do not understand entirely the purpose of these experts, and what their role is in the hearing. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy Fourth of July weekend.
11:11 pm edt 

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