SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SECRETS:

Docs say I'll never walk again. I can only
count to l0. Both hands in permanent fists
One lousy game playing RUNNING BACK and
ten halfbacks pile up on my butt! I'm only 8.
Can I qualify for SS Disability? YES?!!! WOW!
But you can't imagine what KENNY can qualify FOR!

SSD & SSI TIPS being a professional giving you ADVICE TO WIN BENEFITS WHEN YOU APPLY & or APPEAL FOR SSDI

Written both for you and (SSA LAWYERS, ADVOCATES by an actual, ex AFDC worker!

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY SSI BENEFITS
More info is on http://www.ssa.gov/disability/ and
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Applying for social security disability and SSI benefits, with or
without an advocate can be difficult due to how long a claim may take and
the high chance of being denied. (Two incomes in family? Two cars? Over
2,000$ in bank and boink! You're OUT! But those who are denied disability can win
benefits by utilizing the appeals process. To increase the chances of
winning, applicants should learn about the system and file an appeal when a
claim is denied.

The purpose of this site is to distribute information that, typically,
is impossible to get from the person taking your claim for SSD and SSI
benefits. In essence, applying for disability and SSI benefits might as well
be a secret process since Social Security does not try to make this
information clear or even understandable.

Statistically, seventy percent of all SSD (a.k.a. SSDI) and SSI
claims, represented or otherwise, are denied at application. What does this
mean for ssd and ssi applicants who are disabled and need help? That they
should follow this advice tip: learn everything you can about the benefit
approval system to better your chances of winning, with or without the help
of a disability attorney or lawyer.

The information, tips and advice presented here can help you
understand: 1) How to apply for benefits with the Social Security
Administration, 2) How the SSDI and SSI system works, 3) What SSA doesn't
tell you about the application and appeal process, 4) What you can do on
your own as a disabled applicant to help your case, 5) When you should
consider getting a disability advocate, representative, or attorney and 6)
What you should never do that might potentially harm your case.

This is simply the information you should be able to get from a
representative at the Social Security Administration, but almost never will.

If you suffer from a medical, psychological, or psychiatric impairment
and have initiated or been denied on a social security disability, or ssi,
claim for benefits, this site may assist you with your case.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Caseworker in the Food
Stamps Program, AFDC Program, and Disability-Medicaid Program. Tim Moore is
also a former Disability Claims Examiner who adjudicated both Social
Security Disability and SSI disability claims for the Social Security
Administration, and in a private capacity has also assisted claimants at the
initial claim stage, request for reconsideration appeal stage, and
disability hearing stage. He initially began the Disability Secrets site as
a way to provide answers to questions that claimants kept asking but had
difficulty getting plain-english answers to. Originally, the site started as
a series of notes written on legal pad and eventually became a simple
approach to answering questions about how the disability process really
works, from the perspective of a former decision maker. It should be clear,
however, that this site focuses on the disability evaluation process
including applications, denials, appeals, and awards. Post-approval payment
issues are not covered by this site simply because this is not the job of a
disability claims examiner. For information on payment issues, it is always
best, and safest, to contact a local social security office (not the
national toll free line) that can directly access your account and provide
accurate and reliable information. Additional information is provided on
this site's Social Security Disability Blog

SSDI and SSI program issues covered on this website http://www.disabilitysecrets.com/ is where!
AN AMAZING SITE!

a.. Questions about the Social Security Disability SSI Process

b.. When is a person considered disabled and eligible for benefits?

c.. When should you apply for disability?

d.. How do you apply for disability? What are the disability
requirements?

e.. Should you apply for SSD benefits or apply for SSI benefits

f.. Filing for Disability online - should you file a social security
disability application online

g.. Disability attorneys versus disability advocates

h.. Are there deadlines for social security disability appeals

i.. What to do if you denied for social security disability (hint:
99 percent of the time, you should appeal)

j.. Filing for disability initially versus Filing a disability
appeal - what's the difference?

k.. How social security disability works - What are the criteria and
requirements?

l.. Winning Disability - what does it take to win on an application
or at a hearing?

m.. Who is eligible for SSI and who is eligible for social security
disability?

n.. How do you get your Social Security Disability status or SSI
case status?

o.. Filing for SSI - what do you need to bring with you at the
interview?

p.. What do social security lawyers do to prepare and win cases?

q.. Do I have to be completely incapacitated, permanently disabled
to get Disability?

r.. The social security administration disability page

s.. How to get awarded disability at the lower levels

t.. Social Security Disability and Working

u.. Social Security Disability Filing

v.. Where do I find social security disability forms?

w.. How much do you pay social security disability lawyers?

x.. Can you win a social security disability appeal?

y.. Can you file a social security disability benefits application
online?

z.. Can you apply for social security disability benefits for
children?

aa.. Are SSI disability benefits different than SSDI disability
benefits?

ab.. How is social security income and social security back pay
determined?

Copyright © 2003-2009 TIM MOORE, WWW.DISABILITYSECRETS.COM

Medical or mental disability can be awarded for any of the following
conditions

a.. Musculoskeletal problems including fractures, poorly healed bone
breaks, soft tissue injuries, spinal arachnoiditis, arthritis,
osteoarthrtis, rheumatoid arthritis, hip, neck, shoulder, ankle, wrist,
back, or other joint problems, disc herniation, degenerative disc disease,
spinal stenosis, scoliosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fascitis, carpal
tunnel syndrome, low back pain, RSI or repetitive stress injury.

b.. Endocrine related problems including diabetes (type I diabetes,
type II diabetes), diabetic peripheral neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy,
diabetes related kidney nephropathy, thyroid problems including hypothryoid
disorder, hyperthyroid disorder,

c.. Autoimmune disorders including MS (multiple sclerosis),
autoimmune hepatitis, type I diabetes (an autoimmune condition), ankylosing
spondylitis, coeliac disease, endometriosis, addison's disease, grave's
disease, narcolepsy, lupus, interstitial cystitis, sjogren's syndrome,
vasculitis, vitiligo, wegner's granulomatosis, polymyositis, Hashimoto's
thyroiditis

d.. Cardiovascular related conditions such as heart attack (heart
attacks are gauged according to how they resolve three months post),
arrhythmia (including tachycardia, bradycardia and murmur), ischemic
coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure (termed by social security
as "chronic" heart failure), cardiohypertrophy (englargement of the heart),
cardiomyopathy, heart valve disease, congenital heart defect, blocked
artery, cyanosis, syncope, peripheral artery disease (a.k.a peripheral
vascular disease), chest pain (angina), cardiovascular disease related to
high blood pressure, chronic venous insufficiency, aortic aneurysm (possibly
involving renal kidney failure)

e.. Neurological conditions such as stroke, coordination, strength,
and speech deficits resulting from strokes, epilepsy a.k.a. seizure disorder
(including petite mal seizures and grand mal seizures), lyme disease
(neurological deficits are one aspect of lymes), TBI or traumatic brain
injury, brain tumor, cerebral palsy, parkinson's disease, ALS (amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig's disease), myasthenia gravis, muscular
dystrophy, cerebral trauma (head injury), migraines, cluster headaches

f.. Digestive system impairments including wilson's disease, GERD
(gastroesophageal reflux disease), peptic ulcer, esophageal varices,
ascites, ulcerative colitis, regional enteritis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B,
hepatitis C, liver disease, pancreatitis, crohn's disease

Genito-urinary impairments such as kidney disease, kidney problems,
dialysis, kidney transplant, nephrotic syndrome, ESRD or end stage renal
disease

g.. Mood related disorders including bipolar disorder (previously
known as manic depression and termed by the social security administration
as bipolar syndrome, a subset of mood disorders) and depression in all its
various forms, such as mild depression, major depression, and dysthymia (The
mental disability definition is no different from that for physical
impairment cases. Social Security mental disorders, alleged on a claim, may
require a consultative mental exam, i.e. a social security mental
evaluation, to detemine benefits).

h.. Anxiety related disorders including PTSD (post traumatic stress
disorder), generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and panic attacks.

i.. Vision related problems such as low vision, poor peripheral
vision (contraction of peripheral fields), decreased visual acuity, macular
degeneration, statutory blindness, loss of visual efficiency, and diabetic
retinopathy

j.. Hearing and speech impairments including hearing not restorable
by a hearing aid, inner ear problems (vertigo, meniere's disease), and loss
of speech

k.. Respiratory impairments including COPD, emphysema, asthma and
asthma attacks, bronchitis, pneumothorax, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary
fibrosis, pulmonary vasculitis, cystic fibrosis, sleep apnea, cor pulmonale,
pneumoconiosis, bronchiectasis, pneumonia, sarcoidosis

l.. Hemic and lymphatic problems including lymphedema, chronic
anemia, sickle cell diease, polycythemia, lymphoma, leukemia, multiple
myeloma, aplastic anemia

m.. Skin disorders such as exfoliative dermatitis, hidradentitis
supparativa, psoriasis, exema, pemphigus

n.. Conditions for which the etiology is unclear such as
fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic fatigue

o.. Mental conditions, mental illness, and mental disorders
including borderline intellectual functioning, low IQ, mental retardation,
learning disability, personality disorder, schizo-affective disorder,
schizophrenia, somatoform disorder, autism, asperger's syndrome, down
syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), memory loss, nerves

p.. Hiv and Aids

q.. Neoplastic disorders such as cancer of the throat, cancer of the
larynx, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, skin cancer, cancer
of the thyroid, hodgkin's disease, sarcoma, malignant melanoma, lung cancer,
cancer of the stomach or esophagus, prostaste cancer, intestinal cancer,
bladder cancer, ovarian cancer, testicular and uterine cancer

Brief Answers to common Questions about SSDI and SSI benefits

a.. How long does it take to receive the social security disability
award letter? - After a case has been approved at the request for
reconsideration or request for hearing level, it will generally take several
weeks to receive the SSD or SSI award letter. Those approved for SSI will
need to have their non-medical eligibility qualifications verified (assets
and income) at a subsequent disability interview. Those approved for SSD,
however, will receive disability benefits based on how long they have worked
and may learn what kind of disability benefits their children can get based
on their social security disability approval. They will also learn how far
back disability benefits will be paid.

b.. Is fibromyalgia considered a medical disability? The
qualifications for disability for fibromyalgia are same as for any other
medical condition (for example degenerative disc disease) or mental
condition (for example depression or bipolar disorder). Fibromyalgia does
not appear in the social security disability list of impairments; however,
the basic disability criteria remains the same, meaning that to be approved
for disability benefits and to be eligible for back pay disability benefits
on a claim, it must be shown that a person can no longer do their past work
or any other form of work while earning a substantial and gainful income.

c.. How does it work with disability lawyers? Very simply, a
disability attorney is only paid if your case is won (usually at the social
security hearing level). The lawyer is paid 25% of your back pay up to a
maximum of $5300.00. The best disability attorneys tend to be those who will
A) properly appeal a denied disability application, B) explain the
requirements for back pay if you receive conflicting correspondence (usually
when a person is approved for SSd and also approved for SSI), C) explain his
or her strategy on how to get disability awarded for your particular case
and medical problems, D) gather sufficient medical evidence to achieve a
decision on your case that is an approval. A good disability representative
will also explain what it means when social security wants you to be seen by
one of their doctors at an examination, whether or not you will receive
medicare or medicaid healthcare benefits in the event you are awarded an
approval, and discuss with you if members of your family will be entitled to
benefits as a result of you being approved (not the case if you receive
supplemental security income a.k.a. SSI benefits).

d.. If you get denied for disability, is it better to file a
disability appeal, or start a disability claim all over? In most cases,
appealing a denial will be the better route, simply because filing appeals
will move your case toward a disability hearing where the odds of winning
are better. To qualify for disability, a claimant must show evidence
supporting functional limitations that preclude the ability to work.
However, prior to the social security hearing, an applicant does not have
the option of actually "showing" anything for the purpose of influencing a
decision on a claim. At a hearing, though, the claimant can appear with an
advocate and respond directly to questions about their ability to work and
can address their medical history and work history.

e.. Is SSI disability substantially different from social security
disability income? SSI eligibility is determined in exactly the same manner,
by evaluating a claimant's medical records and vocational factors. As such,
SSI disability requirements are the same. There is no separate SSI
disability application or SSI disability forms, nor is there a processing
difference between SSI disabiilty benefits for adults and SSI disability for
children.

f.. How hard is it win disability benefits? Statistics from the
following states illustrate this. Bear in mind, however, that these are
denials on disability applications which can be sucessfully appealed: Filing
for Disability in Texas - sixty -one percent denial rate; Filing for
Disability in Florida - sixty-five percent denial rate; Filing for
Disability in California - more than fifty-five percent denial rate; Filing
for Disability in Indiana - nearly sixty-eight percent denial rate; Filing
for Disability in VA, Virginia - more than sixty-one percent denial rate;
Filing for Disability in NC, North Carolina - sixty-seven percent denial
rate; Filing for Disability in PA, pennsylvania - fifty-five percent denial
rate; Filing for Disability in Ohio - seventy-one percent denial rate;
Filing for Disability in NJ, New Jersey - fifty percent denial rate; Filing
for Disability in NY, New York - nearly sixty-two percent denial rate;
Filing for Disability in MO, Missouri - nearly sixty-seven percent denial
rate; Filing for Disability in KS, Kansas - sixty-seven percent denial rate;
Filing for Disability in Michigan - sixty-four percent denial rate; Filing
for Disability in GA, Georgia - nearly seventy-two percent denial rate;
Filing for Disability in TN, Tennessee - seventy-four percent denial rate;
Filing for Disability in Illinois - sixty-one percent denial rate; Filing
for Disability in Maryland - sixty-six percent denial rate; Filing for
Disability in Arizona - fifty-three percent denial rate; Filing for
Disability in Arkansas - sixty-three percent denial rate

a.. The information presented on this site, including information
regarding social security disability forms, social security disability
eligibility, social security disability benefits, social security disability
requirements, and how to file for disability applies to all states,
including Alabama, Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, California,
Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa,
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri,
Mississippi, Montana, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, North
Carolina, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washinton, Wisconsin, and
West Virginia, but is not intended as legal advice, does not form the basis
for legal representation from an attorney, lawyer, or advocate, and should
not be construed as such. However, the site does recommend the use of social
security lawyers and disability attorneys for disabled individuals who have
denied claims. In particular, a disabled claimant who receives a denial
notice and must seek an appeal that involves a hearing before a judge should
locate a qualified social security attorney or disability lawyer (or
non-attorney advocate) for eligibility assistance. Qualified, of course, is
a nebulous term but generally this means the disability representative will
be familiar with questions such as A) who qualifies for disability, B) the
requirements for disability benefits in the SSDI or SSI program, C) whether
applying for disability again or filing a disability appeal is the best
course following a denial, D) how to interpret an award letter, E) how to
qualify for disability based on one's medical condition and work history, F)
how to get disability approved sooner in the process, G) filing for
disability on the basis of a mental condition, and H) how to apply and win
past benefits, a.k.a. backpay.

b.. Notice: This website holds a certificate of registration with
the Library of Congress' U.S. Copyright Office. Furthermore, to establish
copyright protection over added material, subsequent registrations are now
filed on a weekly basis. Instances of copyright infringment including
derivative content will be pursued aggressively against infringers in the
appropriate federal court jurisdiction for costs and damages. As always,
individuals who have questions about medical issues, especially those taking
medication, should consult with a physician.

Legal Disclaimer: The information on this site is for informational
purposes only and None of the information on Disability Secrets is intended
to serve as either medical advice or legal advice, nor does it establish an
attorney-client or representative-client relationship. Disability Secrets is
not in any affiliated with the Social Security Administration. Furthermore,
Disability Secrets is not an Attorney Referral Service. It is an
nformational website created and published by former social security
disability examiner Tim Moore and it carries advertising that is paid for by
participating attorneys.

Free Residual functional capacity form downloads

a.. What is an RFC form? An RFC form is a form that allows your
doctor or pysychiatrist to provide a detailed statement in support of your
Social Security Disability or SSI disability case. RFC forms are potentially
useful at any level of the process. However, they are most useful at a
disability hearing (statements from doctors are sometimes ignored at the
disability application and reconsideration appeal levels) Your use of this
form (which downloads as a word document) is completely at your own
discretion. Warning and disclaimer: If you have a disability lawyer or non
attorney disability representative handling your case, you should not submit
the information obtained on this form, or any information, without first
consulting your attorney or advocate. Reason: Your lawyer or representative
will need to know what information has been made a part of your disability
file and, furthermore, the person who provides representation for your claim
will attempt to present your case in the most favorable light possible
(Translation--if Doctor A fills out an RFC form that is less than helpful to
your case, then Attorney B may not want to submit it). Notes: You may wish
to link to this homepage from your website or group to make this information
available to others, as well as other form downloads that, in the future,
may become available in this spot.

To download the Free Physician RFC forms, please scroll to the bottom
of the page.

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