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Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants 7th Edition 2008 Paperback – May 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1878140135 ISBN-10: 1878140132 Edition: 7th 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Physicians' Disability Services Inc.; 7th 2008 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878140132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878140135
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,043,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"If you are applying for disability, this is the only book you need to guide you through everything. I've highly recommended it to thousands of people with chronic illness through HopeKeepers Magazine."

--Lisa Copen, Rest Ministries, 2006.

"When a neurological disorder forced me to resign after 32 years of working, I was overwhelmed, depressed and not sure what to do next. Fortunately, I had ordered this book two weeks before and had somewhere to turn.

"I completed the worksheets (lots of information that Social Security needs but does not request) and followed Mr. Smith's suggestion to have a personal interview with Social Security. The employee was visibly delighted with the detail provided in the worksheets and I just received approval of my application only 2 1/2 months after applying!

"(Locally, according to a story in today's paper, only 25% of applications are granted the first time around and hearings take over 600 days.)

"I firmly believe that this book made a difference in my life." --Linda L. Brandenburg, Cleveland, OH, 2007

"I wrote How to Get SSI & Social Security Disability: An Insider's Step by Step Guide and have been in touch with Doug. Little did I know there would be a time when I would need to apply for SSI for someone in my family.

"Doug's book is indispensable to the SSDI/SSI disability claimant. He lists the information you'll need and plenty of forms are included. He's also got some hints like "get a face-to-face" interview. It's your right.

"What more can I say, I wrote a book on the subject and for additional help I turned to Doug's book immediately and it comes through with the goods. I think my book How to Get SSI and Social Security Disability still has vital and helpful information to add . . . I am an expert and I give Doug's book a full 2 thumbs up."

--Mike Davis, author, 2006

About the Author

The author, Douglas Smith, is an attorney who has practiced disability law since 1983. His experience includes civil and criminal trial work. He has served as an Assistant United States Attorney and trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. A resident of Texas, Doug is married and has two adult children.

In addition to disability law, he engages in mediation, conciliation, and collaborative law. As a mediator he has helped resolve workplace disputes involving people with disabilities.

Doug received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., and an undergraduate degree in history from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

He belongs to the State Bar of Texas, the Maryland State Bar, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (NOSSCR), and the Texas Collaborative Law Council.

Doug also belongs to the medical and scientific advisory committee of the Lupus Foundation of America Inc., and helped develop Social Security s new Listing of Impairments for Lupus.

He served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant.

For further information, contact Physicians' Disability Services, Inc., P.O. Box 822, Severna Park, Maryland 21146, telephone 410-431-5279.


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Sometimes even those that work at the hearing will whisper a name to you.
Fencewalker
I applied online and was beginning to fill out the disability report online when I got this book.
D. D. Baxter
I am a lawyer and I love this book because it is so practical and easy to understand.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. D. Baxter on January 12, 2010
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I applied online and was beginning to fill out the disability report online when I got this book. I realized I could provide much better information by organizing it like the worksheets. It helped me focus on the information the examiner most needs to determine disability and cut out extra stuff that was not so relevant. I made an appointment in person, as suggested in the book.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Douglas M. Smith on May 30, 2009
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The worksheets of the Disability Workbook help you understand your disability and explain it clearly to Social Security,your doctor, and (if need be) to an attorney. Government forms change, but good communication doesn't. So the Workbook provides time tested and effective worksheets - not government forms.

For an excellent text that reproduces many government forms, see Dr. Morton's Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits (including CD, also available at Amazon.com. Doug Smith
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matt Beal on July 10, 2013
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This book is loaded with helpful tips on navigating the disability maze, and the forms that are included are worth the price of the book alone. Since I was undergoing a continuing disability review, I printed out the Medical Profile Sheet and Medical Checklist, gave it to my doctor, and she filled it out promptly and returned it to me. I then faxed it to Disability Determination Services and they promptly approved my case. This book was exactly what I needed.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Lugo on August 18, 2011
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The workbook is very helpful and it shows how the system expects you to submit relevant information. Doctors are not always detailed in their reporting to SS - make sure you make it clear to your physician that the most irrelevant information should be included even symptoms not common to disability (she walked in with walker, she was lethargic when attending appt, husband assisted her on and off examination table...) Hope I can do this without the help of an attorney
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By catfulloffun on March 16, 2013
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I am a lawyer and I love this book because it is so practical and easy to understand. The author guides a reader through all the steps to disability in a painless way.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sky King on March 27, 2010
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Excellent book. 7th edition! This really gets to the heart of preparing a good case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fencewalker on August 31, 2014
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If you are headed for disability, take it from someone that has been there and back again.
You will have a difficult time finding a decent attorney.
What is a good attorney? 1) One that does not have multiple offices scattered across California 2) Wins more cases than looses 3) Works with you and helps you to set up a two year plan for wining your case. 4) Someone who has formerly worked with SSDI.
1) Suggestions for Winning: SSDI will not give you the time of day without having an attorney, this is a truism and not one that I like, but it is a fact. 2) Make sure and get every medical record you can get your hands on. I suggest ordering your records, waiting 6 months and then do it again, you will find new records. I did this 4 times over a two year period.
3) Ask each and every doctor to write you a letter regarding your condition and it's possible limitation on your life. SSDI, loves long forms and your attorney will try to brief that form and your doctor will run like hell sweeping you out of their office. Instead, ask for a clean simple letter of the doctors opinion of your condition, will it be for the rest of your life? Does it limit you in any way? What is your chance for recovery?
4) I cannot encourage you enough to find out where your local ODAR (SSDI ) hearings are held. You should be able to sit at the back of the room and watch the attorneys and their clients shuffle in and out. What you are looking for is a happy face when the disabled leaves and how each attorney treats their clients. Are the clients mud on the wall, some stick, some don't? Or does the attorney take a personal interest. Here is where you would find out.
5) Do not commit to an attorney until you know how many he has helped and won verse lost.
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