No one likes to think of himself or herself as disabled, but sometimes life throws you an unexpected curve ball. If a medical condition has left you unable to perform the duties of a full time job, then Social Security may be the lifeline you need to pay your bills and support your family.
Applying for disability benefits is easy – you can call Social Security at 800-772-1213 or apply online. Winning disability benefits is the hard part – Social Security has created a complicated disability determination process that comes with very few instructions. Even the most obvious claims can fall through the cracks if you don’t speak Social Security’s unique and confusing language.
This web site will help you navigate SSA’s complex set of rules, regulations and procedures. We’ll simplify many of Social Security’s most confusing, but important concepts such as:
- how does SSA define the word disabled? (its not what you might think – click here for a full explanation)
- can you really win early? Or will you be subject to appeal delays now reaching 2 years or longer
how do you fill out SSA’s forms to give yourself the best shot at winning (click here to learn secrets about the forms from a lawyer who wrote the book about applying and appealing)
- what are the three theories of disability – learn about them here or ignore them at your peril
what are proven strategies for your specific medical condition and what evidence do you need to win? – our editor has opened his case files for you
what can you expect if you have to go to a hearing – read case studies and listen to experienced lawyers walk you through the process
- where do you go if you are overwhelmed and need help – assistance is only a click away Social Security’s disability process is unforgiving and if your claim is denied you may be forever barred from claiming disability benefits on your earnings record. Use the information on this website to educate and empower yourself about the disability claims process.