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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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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Are you looking for a cheap Social Security Disability lawyer?
For people who are no longer working and trying to get SSD or SSI benefits they want to give themselves the best chance to win but are concerned that they do not have the money to hire a lawyer. This is obviously a reasonable concern given a person applying for SSDI benefits probably has little to no income. However, it may be more affordable to get a lawyer then you might think. This is why lawyers get paid on a contingency fee basis. In almost all Social Security disability cases lawyers get paid 25% of past due benefits not to exceed $6000. The lawyer gets the lesser amount of the 25% or $6000. The lawyer only gets paid if he wins your case. Although you might not consider this to be a cheap SSD or SSI lawyer it is important to remember most lawyers in this area do not take any money upfront. So although a cheap or inexpensive lawyer might be your goal you must balance the cost of the lawyer versus how much that lawyer may help you in giving you the best chance to win your Social Security disability claim. If a lawyer you hire wins your claim for benefits in a case you may have not have one without his or her help then the cost of a lawyer is probably pretty cheap after all. Since almost all lawyers in this area of law charge the same it is important if you make the decision to hire a lawyer that you choose one after doing some research and speaking to the lawyer you are considering hiring. There is one more thing I think I should mention. Many people decide either on their own, are told by others, or lawyers not to hire a lawyer until they have been denied. However, in my opinion, since the lawyer's fee is based on past due benefits it would appear to make more sense to hire a lawyer early in the process for a couple of reasons. The first reason, if you win earlier in the process chances are the past due benefits will be less and therefore, your lawyer fee will be cheaper. The second reason is the faster you win your claim the quicker you get your monthly benefits. So if you are told by a lawyer or someone else to wait until you are denied, it may be a good idea to try and find a lawyer willing to take your case earlier. I personally like to take cases as early as I can even at application. I believe the case should be handled properly from the beginning and won as early as possible. Some lawyers do not take cases at application because they fear if they win there will be no past due benefits and they will not be paid for their work. I take a different approach for a couple of reasons. To ultimately win a Social Security disability case I feel it is important that the case is handled by a lawyer from the beginning. I also believe it is good business because I have found over the years in my practice that those who win early in their claims are extremely grateful and refer more clients to me. So if you are looking for a cheap lawyer consider this article and I hope it helps you in your decision on whether to hire a lawyer for your SSDI or SSI claim.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

With all this free Social Security disability information why would I need a lawyer?
Many of you may ask this question when contemplating whether or not you should get a lawyer for your SSD or SSI claim. Let me first start by saying the purpose of this website is to provide free information on Social Security disability that is very difficult, if not impossible, to find elsewhere on the web. However, having this information and knowing how to apply it to your particular case in a way that gives you the best chance to win can be difficult. I will use an analogy to show this point. Bruce Lee was a martial arts expert and wrote a book on how to perform the martial arts. If I read his book and memorized every page, I would still not be able to fight as well as Bruce Lee. The reason you may want to consider a Social Security disability lawyer is because they have the experience of handling many cases like yours and should be able to develop and present your case using that experience. In my own case, I am clearly a better disability lawyer today than I was 15 years ago. So even though I provide you with a very detailed resource that I encourage you to read and that I hope will help you in achieving your goals of winning your claim you may still want to consider using an experienced SSD lawyer to represent you. Not all cases require a lawyer to win, but reading information on Social Security disability is not a substitute for professional help with your claim.
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Monday, August 10, 2009

What is new at Ultimate Disability Guide?
Today I am posting to give you an update as to what I have been doing with my website. I have started something new that I hope you will find interesting and participate in. From time to time, I plan to have poll questions on my website to get more insight into my readers and get their opinions on certain topics. The first poll which can be found above asked the question "do you trust the Social Security Administration to handle your Social Security disability claim fairly?" If you answer the poll question you will see the results so far. You can only vote once but you can continue to follow the progress of the poll to see how others feel about the question. I am hoping this poll and others like it will help both me and you get a better understanding of how those who are applying for SSD or SSI benefits feel about certain questions related to disability. I have also recently added a couple of new medical conditions and how they are handled by Social Security. I have also updated several of my web-pages with new content. It is my goal to have the best informational website on Social Security Disability on the Internet. I will continue to add additional content and try and find new ways to make my website both interesting and informative. As always, I wish you luck with your claims.
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