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Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits 6th Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability: Getting & Keeping Your Benefits
  • Paperback: 475 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 6 edition (March 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413316891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413316896
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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. This is one of a few books that can actually help then go through the maze of SSD, so I show them the book and suggest they read it cover to cover (along with the Disability Workbook). Folks need to be prepared for all the paperwork involved and need to be aware of what is going to be a very long and usually uphill battle.
Luckily, Nolo writes some excellent books in many areas (I also give out their Divorce book...trust me, a semi educated client is easier to work with then one who knows nothing about the predicament they are in!

The book contains a lot of information, and is also a workbook to help them apply for Social security (SSA). Many of my the clients that come to see me 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 very good and any attorney would be pleased their client had many forms filled out, and had put critical thought into their situation before they come 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.
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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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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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Excellent resource book! I wanted to purchase a book that was an EASY READING book pertaining to a sensitive subject. I am a paralegal but unfortunately in my course of study I have yet to learn about SOCIAL SECURITY, this book has covered all the areas I have often had questions about. It covers the steps on how to get started and explains the different areas of social security and best of all it is broken down in simple steps. I highly recommend both the book and the seller!
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I purchased this book to prepare to submit my ss disability application. I believe the facts ultimately are the deciding factor in approval. This book was very helpful in gathering and presenting my information. A good reference tool throughout the process.
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If you are thinking of applying for Social Security or Disability, please get this book! I had been rejected 3 times, and after getting this book and following each step, my application is flowing through. I have given it to a friend to help her as well. Highly recommended!
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