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My Doctors Says I’m Disabled, So I Should Qualify For SSD, Right?

Well, what people don't realize is that disability can mean different things, depending on, the setting and the environment. The legal system calls it a “term of art”. So it's a term of art that can be defined in any number of ways. Well, it just so happens that...

The SSD System Isn’t Fair

Not being able to do your job does not mean Social Security will find you disabled. The system isn’t fair. Social Security was not designed to be easy. For most, and particularly for those under 50, Social Security looks not only at whether your injuries, impairments...

Social Security: Which Program Do You Apply For?

Just to file an initial application for disability benefits, the first thing you need to know before you even get started is that Social Security has two separate disability programs. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is the program that is based on all of...

What’s The Processing Time During Social Security Initial Phase

Keep in mind, Social Security will not order medical records for treatment you received years ago. They will typically only order records covering the year or so prior to the date that you say became disabled. Once your records are received they are reviewed and if...

Request For SSDI Reconsideration

In this phase you are appealing the decision of the Social Security Administration if your claim is denied, which most are, unfortunately. You have sixty days in which to request such an appeal after your denial. Basically, you are asking Social Security to take a...

Requesting A SSDI Hearing

If you are denied at the reconsideration level, you then have 60 days in which to request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (or ALJ). This is the longest phase of the three. This is the phase that frustrates most people. As the time can be anywhere...

Can Entrepreneurs Qualify For Disability If Injured – Part 2

Patrick Hartwig was invited unto the E-Heroes Podcast (with host Rob Anspach) to share his thoughts on Social Security and how an entrepreneur could qualify if no longer able to continue running or owning a business due to a disability.  This is Part 2 of the...

Can Entrepreneurs Qualify For Disability If Injured – Part 1

Patrick Hartwig was invited unto the E-Heroes Podcast (with host Rob Anspach) to share his thoughts on Social Security and how an entrepreneur could qualify if no longer able to continue running or owning a business due to a disability. Rob Anspach: Hey, this is Rob...

2020: Hartwig Law Firm Year In Review Part 2

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...