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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...

2020: Hartwig Law Firm Year In Review Part 1

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...

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. For example, you may say that you have chronic back pain, and that it...

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...