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Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants 7th Edition 2008 [Paperback]

Douglas M. Smith , Attorney , Barbara W. Smith
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May 1, 2008 1878140132 978-1878140135 7th 2008
Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants (7th edition, Rev. March 2008) by Douglas M. Smith, Attorney at Law

Review: More than two-thirds of claims for Social Security disability are denied in the initial decision.

In this updated Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants, experienced disability lawyer Douglas Smith guides applicants through the process with the goal of getting benefits promptly, without unnecessary appeals.

The new edition discusses the "proofs" that the Social Security Administration processors look for, and it tells you how to keep your benefits through periodic disability reviews.

The workbook is written in clear language and realistically depicts the roles of applicants, their doctors and the SSA in establishing qualifications for disability benefits. It tells how to find an experienced disability lawyer and how to unravel bureaucratic tangles by getting help from your members of Congress.

Smith ... advises people who win disability benefits to stay prepared for a future disability review (typically three years from the award) by seeing their doctor regularly and keeping copies of medical records ' "Then you won't be rattled when the review letter comes."

From The CFIDS Chronicle, review of a previous edition.


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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.


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 (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book if you have to go through the SS maze March 18, 2014
Format:Paperback
Because of the type of work I do, I often meet with folks who have lost their job, or are loosing it because of a disability.

This is one of the books I use to show them, suggest they read and fill out, in order help them prepare for what is most likely going to be one of the hardest fights they may have to endure in their lifetime.

The book is basically a workbook to help them apply for Social security (SSA). Usually, the people I meet in the situation I am referring to are extremely depressed and completely disorganized due to stress caused from their illness, and the fear of having just lost their job or are going to. There is always downward spiral because of the financial insecurity that is (or soon will be) happening, not to mention on top of that, the often physical and emotional pain they might be in. Don't get me wrong, I am not advocating SSI, but there are some people who truly have fallen into a situation, where their health has so deteriorated, this might be their best option...that is up to them and their doctor.

This book is excellent for any client to fill out and think about before he comes to an attorneys office. It will save them a lot of headaches and heartaches by getting their thoughts organized, so, someone else can review their history in a logical manner. This task will help them find all the documents they need, or let them know they need to get more documents made.

Any attorney you will see (or then SSA office) will be thrilled to see the organized set of records this book will provide, so they can review it easily, while they guide you through a very arduous process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disability work book October 8, 2013
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Really helped us to organize our information and get our "ducks in a row" so we can truly prove that she is disabled and unable to work even at desk work.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Social Security Games 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Price, Many Times Over 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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