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Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits (Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability, 1st ed) [Paperback]

David A. Morton III , Spencer Sherman
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March 2001 0873375742 978-0873375740 1
Social Security disability is an enormous program, with hundreds of thousands of people participating each year. Consequently, it's easy for both participants and first-time applicants to get lost in the system's bureaucracy.

Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability is an essential book for anyone dealing with a long-term or permanent disability. Written both for first-time applicants and those who already receive Social Security disability, Dr. David Morton's book demystifies the program in plain English, thoroughly explaining:

* 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 * and much more

Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability also provides in-depth information on various health problems, including:

* breathing disabilities
* heart disease
* mental disorders
* speech impairments
* cancer
* immune system disorders
* and much more

This comprehensive and compassionate book, packed with tear-out forms and a sample disability application, covers both Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. User-friendly appendices translate bureaucratic terms, list medical-vocational rules, and provide a list of social-security benefit publications. Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability is an indispensable resource for anyone suffering from any disability.

Editorial Reviews


"The most significant addition in many years to our Continuing Education curriculum for re-certification of RNs, rehabilitation professionals and counselors." (Carl Dye, President, American Schools Association 2008-03-04)

"A thorough analysis and discussion of the requirements to qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The author is a physician who was formerly a chief medical consultant for the Social Security Administration." (The Wall Street Journal 2008-02-02)

"Guides applicants and recipients through one of the world's largest bureaucracies." (Reference & Research Book News 2008-02-05) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

Understand--and benefit from--the Social Security disability system --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability, 1st ed
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Nolo; 1 edition (March 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873375742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873375740
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,959,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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. Since 1983, Dr. Morton has authored several books on Social Security disability for attorneys and judges, including Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability.

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of three best Social Security disability books March 26, 2002
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As a lawyer I recommend three books to individuals who ask for help in getting their Social Security disability benefits. First is our Disability Workbook for Social Security Applicants. Everyone tells me that this book greatly simplifies getting disability benefits. I can testify that interviewing a client is much easier when he or she has used the Disability Workbook. Second, the book How to Get SSI and Social Security Disability, by Mike Davis, is insightful and easy to read. Mr. Davis is a former disability examiner. His clear explanations of common bureaucratic problems make his book one of my favorites. Finally, I use Dr. David Morton's Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability. Dr. Morton is a former disability determination services staff physician who describes Social Security medical decision making better than anyone else I know. Every doctor who communicates with Social Security about patients should have Dr, Morton's book on the shelf - and every disability lawyer. I give all three books the highest rating.
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58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get and keep your ssdi July 15, 2002
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Bought this book as part of prep for application for ssdi. (also bought how to get ssi and ssdi by mike davis and dis workbook for ss applicants by doug. smith). Each book explained a diff part of the ssdi process. This book told what each med diagnosis needed to establish to qualify for perm. disability. And it goes on to explain how to keep your ssdi once you get your award. I did win my case the first try using the info in the 3 books. Having them made all the diff in the world in understanding the ssdi process. Best $[money]. (all 3 books) I ever spent...
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good not Great July 6, 2006
By Molly
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I would have given this book a five star rating, but it did not include two important SSA forms. The forms are sent to a claimant when his/her file is sent to the state office for development. These two forms are SSA-3373-BK (Function Report- Adult) and SSA-3380-BK (Function Report-Adult-Third Party). The two forms have to do with your Activities of Daily living, and when received have a 10 day return time. The forms can be found on the net, but you have to know they exist.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE July 10, 2003
By A Customer
Filing for Social Security Disability benefits is not easy. This guide explains EVERYTHING in easy to understand terms. I wish I had ordered it before the first denial. I am using this book while filing a reconsideration. The suggestions provided have really opened my eyes to the process. I highly recommend this book to people who want a little extra information on the SSA's thought process when going over your application.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book; up-to-date information May 26, 2007
this is a must for those of us who deserve disability, but will have to fight for our rights. some of us have what's referred to as "invisible problems" such as chronic severe back problems, Fibromyalgia, MS, etc, and this book is really good. Certainly worth the price.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference book overall March 10, 2004
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This is an excellent book of the whole area of Social Security Disability benefits and how to fill the forms out completely, when to seek an attorney for appeals etc, and a rather extensive section on what the term disability means to Social Security and what diseases, conditions etc qualify and which do not. The only area lacking was disabled spousal Social Security Disability coverage, which a spouse under age 50 with no minor children must file for in the same way the working spouse who becomes disabled would have to do. I plan on donating my copy which I bought via to my local public library.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative January 9, 2007
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This book gave a step by step process to apply for social security disability. It also answered every question that I had. This is a must read for anyone considering disability.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A godsend for the layman May 15, 2001
Once again, Nolo, that nemesis of the legal profession, has come out with a book guiding the intelligent laymen through the twists and turns of the labyrinthine rules and regulations, on this occasion of SSI and SSDI, so that he is as little dependent on an attorney as is possible in this day and age. The author is David A. Morton III, M.D. Consistent with other Nolo publications, Dr. Morton provides the layman with extensive case studies and copies of forms, so that seemingly abstract matters are made concrete and real to the layman. Dr. Morton comes across as a responsible and concerned physician: Hippocratic rather than hypocritic. He is, indeed, passionately concerned about new laws in the works that invite fraud by allowing non-medical personnel to review claims. He regales us with the "crazy checks" fiasco of the early 90's (pg.6/9) in which, due to a number of political factors, the SSA issued checks to nearly every parent who claimed his/her child had a disability. He sees the agency returning to that sort of corruption in these new laws. As he states at the end of Chapter Six, "...the medical knowledge of even the worst doctors far exceeds that of examiners." Thus, the book is at once an excellent hands-on manual in dealing with claims and a clarion call, awakening us to the infringement of our right to a medical review of our claims in this area.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful guide is you need to apply for Social Security ?..
Because of the type of work I do, I often meet people who have disabilities and may no longer be able to do their job, or may be loosing their job. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Oceanfront
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book was very helpful and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to find out more about social security disability.
Published 10 months ago by SHELBIE WILKINSON
NOLO'S GUIDE covers all the basis. I was approved using this book as my guide book, rather than going through an attorney and paying their fee. Read more
Published 11 months ago by amazingrace
5.0 out of 5 stars My review of this book
Terrific book! Indispensable for anyone already on SSDI or anyone applying or thinking about applying for SSDI or SSI. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Digital Junkie
5.0 out of 5 stars Filing for Disability -Great Source!
There is so much information in this book that you really wouldn't need a lawyer except for appearance's sake. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ms. Zola
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guidance
Though I did not go this route, the guide is an easy read and helps you wade through the bureaucratic mishmash of filing for SSDI.
Published 18 months ago by Kit Wennersten
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting that "Obama money"
Why work when the government can support you? For those in that frame of mind, NOLO's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting and Keeping Your Benefits is a worthwhile read. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Brian W. Fairbanks
2.0 out of 5 stars Older Version
This book was copyrighted several years ago and so I could not rely on the information as up to date. I really didn't see that as being clearly stated on the listing for the book. Read more
Published on May 29, 2012 by ZZZZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
Reading up on this material is quite interesting and it does give a lot of knowledgable insight on the SS system and their methods.
Published on April 27, 2012 by Darkest Shadow
3.0 out of 5 stars Social Security Disability
Im new to the whole area of Social security and this book gave a good overview of hot to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Easy to follow!
Published on September 4, 2011 by Ria Devine
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