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How to Get SSI & Social Security Disability: An Insider's Step by Step Guide [Paperback]

Mike Davis
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September 18, 2000 0595125743 978-0595125746 1
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, the author has worked on over 4000 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." Here 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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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

WHY THIS BOOK WILL NEVER BE OUT OF DATE OR OBSOLETE This book does not focus on regulations, legislation, or whether or not a final decision is rendered with or without a medical doctor or psychologist, because IT DOES NOT MATTER TO YOU, the disability claimant. These things may change, but one thing that does not change is the requirements for full and complete evidence. It is not necessary that YOU, the claimant, know the body systems or listings of impairments or any other number of extraneous and complicated bits of law and medicine. What you do want and need is a short, step-by-step set of instructions that you can actually check off. These are provided for you in a few easy to understand pages that will give you ALL you need TO DO and TO KNOW to have the best chance of receiving a favorable decision. These requirements for evidence, from your doctor and others that are clearly and concisely indicated, do not change. There will be no need to revise and issue subsequent editions as long as the SSI and Social Security Disab!ility programs continue. Your best chance of being allowed benefits is to follow the directions provided. Your time is best spent getting what the Disability Examiner and Medical Consultant are looking for when making a decision, not studying body systems, law, or medical terminology. The title says it all, this is a short HOW TO book from an author who has made thousands of disability decisions. Every effort has been made to resist the temptation to include material that is professionally interesting to those in the disability field, but is of little value to the disability applicant and ends up driving up the length and cost of the book, and confuses rather than clarifies. Regulations, practices, political influences and legislation change, but the basic requirements for evidence do not. IF WHAT YOU WANT IS SIMPLE, SHORT DIRECTIONS, THAT GIVE YOU THE INSIDE TRACK ON HOW TO HAVE THE BEST CHANCE OF GETTING DISABILITY THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU.

About the Author

Mike Davis lives in Northern California and works for the State of California's Department of Rehabilitation. He is a contributing editor to Pacific Fisherman Magazine. Prior to his work in disability he was a minister for 14 years.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse; 1 edition (September 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595125743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595125746
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! August 22, 2005
By Natalie
I applied for SSI and SSA Disability in 2005 and won my case on the first time around. I used Mike Davis' book and did not find it out of date at all. In fact, Mr. Davis says he doesn't deal with all the legal issues that change because they're not what a case hinges on. What counts is the medical evidence and forms. I found that what was in his book was exactly what I needed. And in fact, he answered my emails within a couple days about my questions. His email address is in the back of the book.

P.S. My uncle used the book this year too in New York and also won his case. We also liked Douglas Smith's book. It complimented Mr. Davis' perfectly. The book by Nolo appeared more suited to doctors and lawyers--technical.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author's perspective -- invaluable July 28, 2003
By Diane
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.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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"The first rule for the application is completeness," says retired disability examiner Mike Davis kicking off Chapter 1 of How to Get SSI and Social Security Disability.

Good advice! It was wise even before the Social Security Administration started restricting face-to-face communication between applicants and claims representatives (CRs), and trying to divert people from its trained CRs to self-help services on the Internet.

Mr. Davis stresses "follow through." Follow through - perhaps more than once - with your doctor and the disability examiner (DE) who decides your claim. Assure that the examiner promptly gets all information he or she needs for an accurate decision. Mr. Davis explains in clear English how to accomplish this crucial activity. The checklists included help applicants keep organized as they move through the claim process.

For decades only 30 to 40% of applicants have succeeded in winning Social Security disability benefits at the initial decision level. This book helps people with disabling impairments join the success stories. It is more important today (2012) than when first published in 2000.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Necessary Tool March 15, 2001
This is the book I wish I'd had when my son became disabled and had applied for disability. We were over-whelmed and confused with the whole experience. If we had known about this guide we would have saved a lot of time and frustration. This truly is what the author calls it, "a simple, step by step guide." I recommend it not just for people who are applying for disability, but for anyone who is helping a friend or family member apply. It's short, sweet, to the point, and an invaluable guide from someone on the inside. You really feel like he's on your side and wants to help you. His email address is also on the back of the book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T APPLY by yourself WITHOUT THIS BOOK!! February 24, 2007
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If you insist you're going to try this on your own, GET THIS BOOK first, it'll help you save hours of time, and many questions.

I helped a friend apply (so he didn't have to give a CUT to his attorney) by himself, and he was approved in two months time, the FIRST application.

Also, be FOREWARNED that you will get back-pay to the date of whenever the disability started or up to 12 months prior to when you APPLY, the first time. So if you apply in June of '07, you're only getting paid from June of '06. In other words, the longer you putz around, and delay getting started, you are losing money that you can never get back!!

So grab this book, and start before the end of the MONTH!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book answered all the questions August 21, 2005
I don't know what book the guy below was reading, but this book answered all the questions I needed to get my SSI on the first time around, and I plan on using it the next time my case comes up for review. "Out of Date?" I'd say "Right On!!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must buy book! November 23, 2000
This book is a must for anyone applying for Social Security Disabilty. The price is right and he goes through step by step instructions for filling out the forms. He also has suggestions on how to improve your chances of getting the benefits. He tells us how to follow-up without being a pest. Remember, he worked for the S.S. office and really has inside information. It is a must buy!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Get SSI and Social Security Disability July 28, 2003
By Diane
This book has been invaluable to me. Michael Davis describes the application process from the perspective of a professional who, for 7 years, made social security disability claims decisions. He emphasizes the importance of completeness and accuracy, and "spoon feeds" you with what the claims examiner is looking for and how you can help him/her obtain all the details necessary to make an informed decision.
The social security disability application process can seem daunting, but Mr. Davis breaks it down into simple terms.
I highly recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of sources
Pretty good if you don't have a mental health disability.
Published 11 days ago by Joellen Flynt
5.0 out of 5 stars Book on tips for getting Social Security Disability
The book is great. It has so much information about the things you need to do, in order to get your disability. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sandra K. Palmeter
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book. very informative!
Excellent book. Very informative! I will refer back to this book for advise during the process of filling my claim.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete, precise, accurate. Insider information on how a decision is...
Written by an actual agent that makes the decision on whether you get approved or disapproved by Social Security. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read!
This book is a MUST read for anyone trying to get SSDI and/or SSI. Very informative information. It takes you through the process chapter by chapter so you understand the process. Read more
Published 10 months ago by BlondiegirlDG
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Very easy to understand and a great place to start when applying for disability. Be sure to buy NOLO's GUIDE, which is more indepth and invaluable.
Published 12 months ago by amazingrace
5.0 out of 5 stars Gregg L. Friedman MD Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL
How to Get SSI and Social Security Disability is a wonderful book. It carefully explains the steps of this often frustrating process. It is well written and easy to read. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Julie L. Friedman
2.0 out of 5 stars this is not a book....
It's a pamphlet in BIG print. 95 pages is really about 50, if that. The information is cursory and is not much help to anyone with passing knowledge of SSDI. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jakela
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I knew absolutely nothing about how to apply for SSI for my disabled daughter. I had put off applying for several years as I was frightened I'd get it wrong and not have enough... Read more
Published 15 months ago by L. Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy!
I actually bought this for a friend so I have not read it. I did look through it before I sent it on to her but it looks like a good step by step process to help someone get the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Patricia Mosier
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