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Get your Application for SSDI started Today.

adult hospital bed

Adult in Hospital Bed

Procrastinating on your SSDI claim may have negative consequences. No time like the present to get your SSDI claim started.  It is very important that you start your SSDI claim, today, so that you can protect your potential SSDI benefits. If you procrastinate you could be losing money because the Social Security Administration has strict rules that relate to the earliest date you started the claim process. If you even think that making an SSDI claim is what you want to do in the near future, either get online and simply try the SSA online application process or contact a firm that specializes in helping people deal with an SSDI claim.  Do this today and don’t wait.  If you email me I will walk you through the process, Free of charge.  It’s that important.  Let me explain. For this discussion there are three dates that you need to know. The first date is the Application Date and it’s the date that you apply for benefits or you tell the SSA of your intent to file an application.  You don’t have to file your completed application for the Application Date to start you just need to tell the SSA that you intend to file.  The second date is the Established Onset Date (EOD) of your disability. This is when the SSA agrees that a person became officially disabled. The third date is the Date Of Entitlement (DOE). This date is when the SSA believes it should have start making payments and is five months after the EOD.  The five-month period is a deduction of the first 5 payments of any money the government may owe you on a new claim.  According to the law, the five-month period starts on the date that the SSA agrees that you become disabled. The official SSA Policy For this Topic You may think that you have to rush to get your application filed. You do not have to delay and impact your Application Date.  Don’t wait until you have all you case facts gathered, let the SSA know that you intend to file a claim.  Simply starting the SSDI application process is considered the first Application Date (AD). You can start the process by calling the SSA on their posted 800 number or try the SSA application process. By starting the application process you are creating a Protective Application Filing with the SSA. This tells the SSA that you intend on filing an application in the future. What this does is tell the SSA that your application date should start when the SSA was first informed of your potential claim and not just when they receive the formal application itself. It may take several months to prepare your claim.  So sooner rather than later should be one of your concerns. An attorney or non-attorney representative can send a Protective Application Filing to the SSA before the actual claim is prepared. This informs the SSA that you intend on filing a complete claim in the future and to keep the earliest possible date for the potential award to begin. This means that if your case does take more time to prepare, because of scheduling, backlog or complications, you wont have your award reduced because of the delay in filing the formal application.

What it takes to get through to these people

Social Security Denied

Social Security Denied

  Sometimes the SSDI road seems too long to travel.  You might be worn down from all the unknowns.  Getting what is owed to you from your Social Security insurance benefits can seem overwhelming.  These emotions must be handled along with dealing with stresses of your own health.  I am here to help.  For instance,  last night I was on Facebook and I was messaged by someone who knew about a young man that was severely injured in a motorcycle accident about a year ago.  I spent about an hour just answering questions about the SSDI process. Its seems that this young man was not going back to work anytime soon and he has already been denied by the Social Security Administration.  I explained that there is a 60 day window to file an appeal from the date on the denial letter.  It was unclear whether the intent to appeal was actually filed within the 60 day window.  The person with whom I was messaging did not know when or even if an appeal was filed. I explained further, that over 65% of all initial claims for Social Security Disability Insurance are denied as a matter of routine.  The expectation by the SSA is that even though you are turned down on the initial application, it is expected that an appeal can prevail once it is reviewed by an Administrative Law Judge.  In my opinion the “appeal” is when the real work gets done. You see, the SSDI process has a very high bar to be awarded benefits on an initial claim.  This step is designed to allow the SSA to award benefits to the clearly disabled person and “forward” the case to an Administrative Law Judge. This first step requires a claimant to fit into guidelines that make the decision by SSA claim processors to make a “no brainer” decision about a case.  The denial does not mean your case is doomed.  The appeal is where the claimant can have his/her case reviewed by an Administrative Law Judge at a hearing office.  The hearing office is relatively close to the claimant.  Each case is different and has many facets that needs to be explained.  Doctor reports must be gathered and reviewed by the ALJ.  The federal government has created laundry list of possible disabling categories and each class of disability has over 75 conditions that must be met in able to be approved as a disabled person.  This is why you can benefit from an Attorney/Non-Attorney SSDI representative.  These professionals have had hours and hours of training on how properly present your case.  An attorney will understand your medical condition in legal terms.  A good attorney will know when a claim is medically unclear.  Many times Doctors need to write down specific disabling conditions such as inability to twist at the torso, or cant lift more than 15 lbs.  The attorney will often ask the doctor to discuss these limitations so it can go into the record.  This is why you may not want to go it alone on your dealings with the SSA.  You need smart people on your side when presenting a case because there are many smart people on their side looking to find fault with your claim.  If your initial claim has been denied, I can get an appeal filed almost immediately.  I hope this young man that was injured and unable to work will get some professional help for his claim. 355498bd-cad3-45c4-aba4-68c80525bc5b  

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Paula working on her farm

Paula working on her farm

Hi, I am Paula,  I am a Disability Advocate for people that need to make a claim for Social Security Disability.  I am passionate about helping people get the benefits they deserve.  I work with you or someone you know that is a disabled worker.  Did you know that over 65% of all initial claims for Social Security Benefits are denied? Many times people try to apply for benefits themselves and find that their claim is denied for reasons that can’t be understood by many Americans.  Its really sad that the US government makes us all pay into a system that is supposed to help us if we ever become unable to work due to a disability and then deny that we are truly disabled when we need to make a claim.  If you collect a paycheck in this country, you are paying for SSDI.  In fact its the law and you cannot avoid it if you are a regular worker.  No one has explained your benefits or how they would work should you ever need to make a claim.  Some employees of the SSA will even tell you that you don’t need outside help but it is your right to be represented.  The law of our land states that you can be represented by any Attorney or Non-Attorney Professional for any SSDI claim.  In fact, federal law has created a way for disabled workers to get professional representation without paying for it upfront.  You see the Attorney/non-Attorney representatives don’t get paid unless you win your case.  This is called a contingency arrangement.  Did you know that on average the disabled worker can receive up to $150,000 in benefits and only has to pay $6,000 in fees to an Attorney/Non-Attorney Representative?  This deal is written into federal law.  By contacting me through the form to right is how you will be taking control of your future.  What I do when you fill out the form is I contact you.  Together, we start the application process and the process of contacting a claimant representative in your area to help your case.  Please take a minute to fill out the form and let me help you with your disability claim.  I will personally call or email you about your case and I will find you help in your area.  I have several hundred attorneys/non-attorneys that I can contact on your behalf and you will be on your way to getting your deserved benefits.  Benefits are a right that you paid for.  Even if you have been denied I can help you find someone who can get your claim won on appeal.  If you can no longer work because of a disability you need to look into this.  The money you are awarded can really make a difference.  But not only money.  You may be eligible for Medicare as well so your health care costs could be paid for.  Most times, there is a back benefit that is awarded as well as a monthly check for as long as you are disabled and out of work.  Its time for you to take control of your finances and get the benefits that you have already paid for.  if you have been denied your claim you have 60 days from the denial date to file an appeal.  Don’t let the government keep turning you down.  Get help today.

My trip to NOSSCR 2013 – Washington DC

NOSSCR Training Seminar

NOSSCR Training Seminar

NOSSCR 2013 I have just arrived back the from the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR) conference in Washington DC. The meeting is a semi-annual gathering of Attorney and Non-Attorney representatives who provide services to Disabled workers to make claims to get their Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The conference is put on by NOSSCR to educate attorney and non-attorney representatives how to successfully make claims for client who deserve disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. The level of detail and strategy was quite involved. Each person received around 12 hours of formal training and discussion on topics ranging from Traumatic Brain injury and orthopedics to ethics and compassionate marketing of services. We heard from SSA officials, Congress People, and veteran attorneys that have been in the trenches with their clients. I came away from all of this understanding that most of these people are in it for the sense of helping deserving people to get what is rightfully theirs. Its a shame that the SSDI system makes a deserving person have to hire an attorney to present its case. The SSDI system is designed to deny people on their initial claim only to award them benefits on appeals. The government feels that they are doing the right thing with this system. Claimants who hire attorneys have a higher success rate than those that do not hire attorneys.
Hard at work.  NOSSCR Training 2013

Hard at work. NOSSCR Training 2013

The reasoning behind the attorney success is that the attorney and non-attorney representative knows how to present the facts and circumstances of a persons disabilities in they way that allows the SSA bureaucrats to approve a claim. The system should be easier, but its not. The attorneys and non-attorneys that I meet are passionate people that want to get people the benefits they deserve. In order to win an award, you will need to prove your disability to a government official who may never even look you in the eye. I do know that these professionals at this conference want to look you in the eye and shake your hand and make you feel like you can get what you paid for. The people at the conference don’t get paid to represent you unless you win your claim. How many other services can you get that guarantee results or its free? Think about it.