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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...

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 theoriginals to you. The...

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...

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...

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. That's right your attorney should have properly reviewed your records. Never wait until the Hearing phase to review those...

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. If you...

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. Phase...