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Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1413316896 ISBN-10: 1413316891 Edition: Sixth Edition

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  • Series: Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits
  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; Sixth Edition edition (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413316891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413316896
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" 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

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. Dr. Morton has authored several books on Social Security disability for attorneys and judges.

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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Susan M. Reaves on June 1, 2012
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I ordered and read this book before applying for SSDI. I was successful on my first try, did not have to appeal. Of course, I am disabled, you can't succeed it you are not. However, I feel the book helped me avoid errors in the application process and helped me focus at a time when I was falling apart and very scared.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By myke on May 20, 2012
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I found this book to be helpful in applying for social security disablitiy. easy to read and understand. Nolo puts out some good books
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Citizen John TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2013
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Whether you're personally going for it or helping somebody file their disability claim, there is a lot to know. This book does not tell you all you should know but everybody has to start somewhere.

The last chapter of the book explains why it's a very good idea to engage an attorney. You can see more than a hundred attorneys on YouTube explain why claimants need an attorney. I too think claimants need an attorney - unless their initial application is approved. An attorney should help a lot at the hearing.

In my view, this book is worth it for the convenience of getting a lot of pertinent information up front. Otherwise, the reader might have to sort through many web sites to discover the same facts. One can see from the table of contents that the author covers only the most fundamental facts that every claimant needs to know.

This book by necessity does not cover a ton of information that claimants probably want to know. For example, one can go online and literally see the acceptance/dismissal/denial history of the federal administrative judges - all Social Security judges in the country. If it sounds unfair that judges in one state will have a significantly higher denial rate than judges in another state, it's because it is unfair.

The system is not uniformly fair and can easily take two (2) years to even get to the hearing stage. Attorneys seem to function in part as cheerleaders to encourage claimants to continue to prosecute their claims when they appear strong.

My guess is the best thing this book will do is help inform most readers on why their claims are likely to be rejected so that nobody will rely too heavily on a good outcome. I wish readers the best of luck in this difficult process.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diane & Dragan on July 16, 2013
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I had purchased this for myself once diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. I followed the guidelines in the book, applied for Social Security Disability and was approved on 1st attempt. Since then, i have recommended it to several friends with various disability issues. I highly recommend it for anyone contemplating applying for Social Security Disability benefits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rudi K. on January 26, 2013
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Written by a disability lawyer this book provides informative, accurate information on the Social Security and SSI application and determination process. Useful for applicants in negotiating their way through the complex and often lengthy process that should lead to stable cash benefits and eventually Medicare or Medicaid insurance coverage to those who need it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vicky Hecker on December 11, 2012
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Great advice. The author is clear and knowledgeable about the subject matter. I wish I found this book sooner than I did.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By r.i(h on November 25, 2012
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This guide is comprehensive, easy to understand- but NO reason to buy a brand new one if you can get your hands on a used copy on Amazon for less than a few dollars.... its all googleable stuff. Also, I had one SSDI question that is still not answered- and this book does not answer it either! I am not a lawyer, but I do legal paperwork for people, I am a paperwork person... I can do a divorce, adoption, citizenship, so I thought this might help with ssdi.... its just as good as using google.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Lee Tatum on December 12, 2013
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This book was a great help and worth the price. Much of the information is available on the Social Security Dept. website, but this is so much easier than trying to navigate a government site or call and spend hours on the phone. There are also tips in this book that I didn't find in any online sites.
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