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The purpose of this site is to provide free SSDI and SSI information. 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 Social Security Disability process. If you have any questions that are not answered by this site or want a free consultation, please feel free to e-mail me at karl@ultimatedisabilityguide.comvisit my law firm's website or call 877-527-5529.  I will try to answer any questions you might have about Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). 
 

     My name is 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. Please click on the 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 Pennsylvania. 

How to Use this site.  If you are new to the process of Social Security Disability, I recommend you start by 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.
 
     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. Please note that it is my intention to provide accurate and up-to-date information on this site, as I put in great effort to do this. However, the information on this site is not guaranteed and no lawyer-client relationship exists.  This site is not a substitute for consultation with a lawyer.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Depression and SSDI
Depression can be a disabling condition on its own, but it also can play an important part in claims were it is caused by other chronic medical conditions.  Many people with chronic pain from another medical condition often develop some degree of depression as a result of the chronic pain and change in daily activities.  If you have a chronic medical condition and you are also be treated for depression it is a good idea to include depression in your claim for Social Security disability.  Depression often results in what is called non-exertional limitations.  These are limitations such as difficulty with memory, concentration, and getting along with others.  Even if these types of limitations are not the sole reason for you being unable to work Social Security will look at theses limitations in combination with your limitations from your other medical conditions to determine if you can work.  This is why it is very important to include depression in your claim if you are being treated for it even if it is not your main disabling condition.  You should make sure you get Social Security all your treatment notes for depression.  It can also help quite a bit if you can get a report or RFC form from your doctor which shows your limitations from depression.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Social Security Disability Hearing Check List
So you got your SSDI hearing date and you are not sure what to do next.  I will go through certain things you can check to make sure you are ready for your hearing.  First, make sure you have all your relevant medical evidence in before the hearing if at all possible.  Judges do not like to leave the file open to wait for medical evidence.  Second, it is a very good idea to have a report, RFC or both from at-least one of your treating doctors.  This opinion evidence will help show your doctor's opinion of the severity of your condition and the limitations on you from those conditions.  Third, review the Social Security laws that apply to your case.  Know what you have to prove to win.  Be ready and able to present your case in a way that shows you are disabled under SSDI rules.  If you have no experience with this you should get an attorney to help you.  Lastly, read your notice of hearing to see if there will be experts at your hearing.  If there is a vocational or medical expert you should be prepared to cross examine them unless you have a lawyer and then they will handle that. This is not everything but it is a great start to giving yourself a good chance of winning at your SSDI hearing.  Even though these hearings are informal it can be intimidating if you are not used to them, but if you are prepared it will be much easier to handle.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Treating Doctors and SSDI Claims
When trying to get Social Security Disability it can be extremely helpful when your treating doctor believes you are unable to work and is willing to help with your case.  By law Social Security is supposed to give more weight to your treating doctor's than consultative doctors.  This is because your treating doctors are the doctors most familiar with your condition and care.  This is why it is important to get a report or RFC from your treating doctor if they are willing to help.  A report should contain what the doctor is treating you for, medications you are taking, other treatment you are getting for your conditions and how it affects your ability to work.  If your doctor feels you meet a Social Security Medical Listing they should explain which listing and why.  The report should also be accompanied by your treatment records and any test performed.  An RFC is a form which if filled out by your treating doctor will show what your doctor believes your limitations are from your condition.  If you have any questions feel free to send me an e-mail or call at 1-877-527-5529.
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

When to Apply for Social Security Disability
I am often asked when is the right time to apply for SSDI.  To answer this you need to know that to be eligible for Social Security Disability you need to be out of work for a year or more or be expected to be out of work for a year or more due to your medical conditions.  At first you might think this means you need to wait a year from when you stopped working to apply but this is not the case.  If your medical conditions are expected to keep you out of work for a year or more then you can apply after you stop working.  If you are applying shortly after you stopped working it can be very helpful to have a report from your doctor explaining you will be out of work for at-least a year if not longer and it should explain your medical conditions and why you cannot work.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Social Security Disability and SSI
Many people use the term SSI when they are talking about Social Security Disability.  They are actually two different programs.  Social Security Disability Insurance also called SSDI requires you have enough work credits to be eligible.  In other words, when you work and pay taxes you also pay into the Social Security system.  If you become unable to work due to your medical conditions the amount you get for disability will depend on the amount you have paid into the system.  SSI on the other hand is a needs based program.  SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income.  Your eligibility and the disability benefits you get under SSI are determined by how much resources and income you have.  SSI payments are paid out of the US Treasury Funds and not the Social Security program.  The test to determine if you are disabled is the same under both programs.  For more on these different programs see my web page on my website that describes all the different programs.
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