How to Get SSI and Social Security Disability:An Insider's Step by Step Guide

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What do you really need to get SSI for an adult or child? A former SSI examiner gives a step-by-step simplified guide.

More people are denied SSI and Social Security Disability than are allowed benefits the first time they apply. This includes children and adults. Appeals can take a year or more. In a simplified step-by-step guide Mike Davis gives disability applicants the crucial information they need to know and exactly what to do to make the best case the first time around. A...

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Overview

What do you really need to get SSI for an adult or child? A former SSI examiner gives a step-by-step simplified guide.

More people are denied SSI and Social Security Disability than are allowed benefits the first time they apply. This includes children and adults. Appeals can take a year or more. In a simplified step-by-step guide Mike Davis gives disability applicants the crucial information they need to know and exactly what to do to make the best case the first time around. A former SSI and Social Security Disability Claims Examiner, Davis has worked on more than 4,000 cases over a seven-year period. "Too often I have had to deny a claim when I thought there was a genuine disability, but the case was not complete enough to render a favorable decision. What I have tried to do in this book is give the reader the information needed to present his or her case fully, accurately, and in the best possible light. I believe this will increase the chances of a favorable decision dramatically." How To Get SSI And Social Security Disability is the inside scoop on what the decision makers are really looking for and how you can help them to get it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595125746
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 148
  • Sales rank: 352,945
  • Product dimensions: 0.34 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Acknowledgments 5
List of Abbreviations 7
Introduction 9
Part I Step by Step Instructions
Introduction to Part I 15
Chapter 1 The Application 17
Introduction 17
The Application Step by Step 19
Chapter 2 The Disability Determination Service 25
Introduction 25
Medical Records: The Heart of Your Claim 28
Medical Source Statement: The Determining Factor 30
Physical and Mental Examinations 32
Questionnaires: More Important Than You Think 35
Exit Interview or Reconsideration? 37
One last piece of business here 40
Children's Claims: Difficult At Best 40
Children's Function Questionnaires 44
Read This Important Hint 45
Help, I Don't Have A Doctor 47
Part II Increase Your Chances Even More
Introduction to Part II 53
Chapter 3 More on Medical Records, Exams and the MSS 55
Understanding the Disability Examiner 61
Chapter 4 Medical Evidence; Disability Defined 65
Medical Evidence 65
Disability Defined 68
Chapter 5 Denials and Cessations 73
Denials 73
I have been denied at my reconsideration or following my exit interview 75
My claim has been denied by the ALJ. Now what? 78
I have been receiving benefits, but I have been notified that they are about to be discontinued or they have been stopped. Now what? 79
Reviewing Your File 83
Reviewing Your Consultative Examination 85
Chapter 6 Mental Disorders 87
Activities of Daily Living 89
Social Functioning 90
Concentration, Persistence, and Pace 92
Deterioration or Decompensation at Work 93
Afterword 95
About the Author 97
Appendix 99
Appendix A The Disability Examiner 99
Appendix B Field Office Information 103
Appendix C Treating Source Information 106
Appendix D Denial Record 121
Glossary 125
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    SSI/SS information that makes sense!

    Finally a book on a difficult subject that the average person can understand and use. This book is relatively short (and inexpensive compared to other books on the subject) and in just two chapters there are all the steps you need to go through to get disability. He tells how to work with your doctor, the disability workers, and how to fill out your form correctly. He tells what's really going on behind the scenes and what to do if you don't have a personal doctor. He goes step by step through the forms and tells what they are looking for and how to answer questions to have the best chance of getting disability. He also tells what to do to not lose your benefits when your case is being reevaluated, as well as what to do when you have been turned down. I'm recommending this to everyone I know who is applying for disability or knows someone who is.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2001

    Insight to SSI/SS Disability Benefits - A Book for Every Household !!

    This is the ULTIMATE source for anyone who wants or needs to know all the basic information on how to get SSI or Social Security Disability benefits. The author does an excellent job telling the reader what to do when their case comes up for review in order to keep disability and what procedures to follow if you they are turned down. Its recipe-style delivery is easy to understand and doesn't seem to waste time discussing technical details that the reader really doesn't need to know. The book is very clear on what is required as well as where and how to get it. The really vital information can be found in an insightful step-by-step instructional format. My sincere thanks to the author, Mike Davis, as this is exactly the book I've been searching for! Why didn't someone write a simple 'how-to' guide like this before? I GIVE THIS BOOK A ROUSING THUMBS-UP!!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2006

    Help from an Insider's Perspective

    This book simplifies a complicated process by giving step by step instructions from an experienced Disability Examiner on how to present your case fully and accurately to win your Disability claim. The author makes the requirements understandable to a lay person and explains what is needed from the Examiner's perspective. He provides his e-mail address and responded promptly and helpfully when I contacted him. I highly recommend the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    Examiner's perspective invaluable

    From the perspective of a disability claims examiner, Mike Davis effectively articulates the importance of the completeness of the application and also the communication with doctors and the claims examiner. Volumes of documentation are critical, and Mr. Davis helps claimants through this process. Mr. Davis returned my emails promptly and provided a great deal of support. I would highly recommend this book to anyone filing for SSI or SS Disability Insurance.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Sami

    Im here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Bios

    Here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Did I read the same book?

    I didn't see any information I didn't find on the internet for free.

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