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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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