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Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and get the most assistance from the system Learn how to match the medical details of your disability to existing regulations to make sure you qualify for the benefits you're due when you apply. Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability is written by a former Chief Medical Consultant for the Social Security Administration, whose expert deciphering of the medical portions of SSA regulations will help you understand all the benefits available to you. Written both for first-time applicants and existing recipients of Social Security disability, this guide demystifies the program and tells you everything you need to know about qualifying and applying for benefits, maintaining your benefits, and appealing the denial of a claim. Learn: - what Social Security disability is - what benefits are available to disabled children - how to prove a disability - how age, education and work experience affect benefits - whether or not one can work while receiving benefits - how to appeal a denial of benefits - how to respond to a Continuing Disability Review The book provides in-depth medical listings to help you determine whether your condition will qualify you to receive disability payments, including breathing disabilities, heart disease, mental disorders, speech impairments, cancer, immune system disorders -- and much more. This edition is completely updated with the latest rules, information and medical listings, including updated descriptions of SSA regulations governing immune and digestive system disorders; updated information on the "ticket-to-work" program, which provides new training and opportunities for disabled workers; the latest forms and instructions for filling them out; plus updated 2014 figures, fees, and contact information.
“A thorough analysis and discussion of the requirements to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.” The Wall Street Journal
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“Guides applicants and recipients through one of the worlds largest bureaucracies.” Reference and Research Book News
Qualify for Social Security disability benefits, quickly and easily Here's the step-by-step guidance you need if you're dealing with a long-term or permanent disability. This comprehensive covers both Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Newly updated, it shows you how to prove a disability and explains how your age, education and work experience affect your chances. Parents will find special information about benefits available to children with a disability. Learn how to: • find the disability criteria for your medical condition • prove the severity of a disability • appeal if you're denied benefits • prepare for a Continuing Disability Review • and more Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability is written by a former Chief Medical Consultant for the Social Security Administration whose expert deciphering of the medical portions of SSA regulations will help you determine whether your condition will qualify you to receive disability payments, including breathing disabilities, heart disease, mental disorders, speech impairments, cancer, immune system disorders -- and much more.
About the Author
David A. Morton has degrees in psychology (B.A.) and medicine (M.D.). For 14 years, he was a disability determination consultant for the Social Security Administration, serving as Chief Medical Consultant for eight years. In his capacity as Chief Medical Consultant, Dr. Morton hired, trained, supervised and evaluated the work of medical doctors and clinical psychologists, and made thousands of disability determinations for both adults and children. Dr. Morton has authored several books on Social Security disability for attorneys and judges.
Table of Contents
Your Social Security Disability Companion
1. What Is Social Security Disability?
2. Applying for Disability Benefits
3. Disability Benefits for Children
4. Getting Benefits During the Application Process
5. Proving You Are Disabled
6. Who Decides Your Claim?
7. How Claims Are Decided
8. If You Can Do Some Work
9. How Age, Education, and Work Experience Matter
10. When Benefits Begin
11. Reasons You May Be Denied Benefits
12. Appealing If Your Claim Is Denied
13. Once You Are Approved
14. Continuing Disability Review
15. Your Right to Representation
Government Forms Explained in This Book