When you find you cannot work due to illness or impairment, government benefits may be available to you. These benefits are known as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). However, many who try to collect these benefits on their own find themselves caught up in red tape. The process is lengthy and complex. You may feel the system is trying to deny benefits to people like you who so badly need them.

So we assembled this Year In Review where you can access Part 2 of the articles we shared out over the last year. You can read Part 1 by clicking <Here> 

Reasons Why Your Social Security Claim Might Be Denied – It’s natural to think about the reasons why you should be granted Social Security Disability benefits, but consider the reasons why your claim might be denied. It is important to understand that the Social Security Administration will automatically deny claims in certain situations

Social Security Disability Disorientation – DID YOU KNOW: Nearly Three-Fourths of all Claims are Rejected the First Time. But the thing that truly shocks people is when they hear the number of Social Security Disability claims that are rejected every year.

What is Social Security Disability Insurance? – According to the SSA website… “The Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program.

Social Security Disability Misconceptions – The Social Security Disability System is not fair and it is not logical. There are many rules and regulations that determine who will and who won’t receive their disability benefits and working hard and paying into the SS system for many years is no guarantee that those benefits will be there for you when you really need them.

Why Our Website Contains So Much Social Security Disability Information – Having a disability that keeps you from working is a very difficult situation to go through, and the decision to hire an attorney is a big one.

What Are The Stages To A Social Security Case – There are 3 primary stages to an Social Security case. The first stage is the Initial Application; the second stage is the Request for Reconsideration; and the third stage is the Request for an Social Security Hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge.

What Is A Dire Needs Request – A question we get from time to time is, “What Is A Dire Needs Request?” This question tends to deal with a client’s immediate and or pending financial distress. A dire need is the same as a hardship and if granted can help escalate your claim on a faster track.

Who Orders My Medical Records During A Disability Hearing – From the time you file until your case is heard…your Social Security lawyer should have had time to properly review your medical records.

What Is A Social Security Hearing And How Long Does It Last – The Social Security Hearing is a formal Hearing that is held at the Social Security Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in your area. There are Hearing offices across the country and your Hearing will be held in the Hearing office or Hearing satellite office closest to your home.

What Is The Social Security Administration Five Step Evaluation Process – When you file your Social Security claim, the Social Security Administration will put it through a 5‐step evaluation process to determine if you are disabled, determine the extent of your disability, and see whether you are eligible for disability payments through the SSA. This evaluation is made by an examiner, along with the Disability Determination Services department (DDS), including a medical team that reviews each case file.

What Documents Are Required To File For Social Security Disability – The Social Security Administration requires that original documents be submitted with your application for benefits. You may take them to the local SSA office or mail them in with your application. The SSA will copy the documents and return the originals to you.

How To Get A Quicker Decision – You can help get a faster decision from the Social Security Administration on your application by following a few simple guidelines. The timeliness and completeness of your initial application are very important. Missing information could result in a delay of processing your application and possibly a denial.

I’m Really Sick, Why Don’t I Qualify for SSDI – No matter how sick you say you are…No matter how sick your own doctor may say that you are: Social Security expects to see Objective Medical evidence in your medical records that backs this up.

Are you looking for legal help from someone who really cares, is not judgmental, and who will help you fight for the benefits you deserve? We are ready to help you.

The Hartwig Law Firm operates differently. Not only will we be your personal, face-to-face guides through the entire application process, we offer assistance with Medicare and health insurance issues, as well as transitional assistance while our clients are waiting for a decision about benefits. We have extensive experience handling claims at the Federal District Court level, and we will provide genuine, non-judgmental, compassionate legal assistance. We understand the difficulties our clients are facing every day, and are ready to take on the government and fight for their right to benefits. Call (508)732-8989 to schedule an appointment.