Board Certified Social Security Attorney in Pensacola, Florida
Find information and tips to help you maximize your chances of winning your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI disability claim. The articles on this site are written by Nick A. Ortiz, a Board Certified Social Security Attorney in Pensacola, Florida.
Aside from publishing free information on this website, Mr. Ortiz offers Florida residents a Free Book on Social Security Disability claims. You can claim your copy by clicking the book image to the right.
Applying for Social Security disability benefits with or without an attorney advocating on your behalf can be a difficult and lengthy process. It puts an extreme strain on an applicant and the applicant’s family. Making things only worse is the high chance of being denied. Statistically, approximately 70% of all SSDI and SSI claims are denied at the initial application stage.
In light of these hurdles, what are SSD and SSI applicants to do? The answer is to learn everything you can about the disability claims process, including how claims are evaluated and the elements of a successful claim. By educating yourself about the approval process, you will better your chances of winning the initial application or on appeal, with or without the help of an experienced disability attorney or lawyer.
The information presented here can help you understand:
- How to apply for SSDI and SSI disability benefits with the Social Security Administration
- How the SSDI and SSI application and appeal system works
- What SSA failed to tell you about the application and appeal process
- What you can do on your own as a disabled applicant to help your own case
- Why you should consider hiring a disability attorney to represent you, and
- Things you should never do that might potentially harm your case.
Get Informed Now: The Basics
Get started here to educate yourself and learn about how to apply for SSDI and/or SSI, how the Social Security disability claims process works, who is eligible to receive benefits, and how to appeal a denied claim.
- What Is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI)?
- What Is Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
- How Are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI Different?
- Disability Terms You Should Know
- Eligibility for Disability
- Criteria For Social Security Disability
- Medical Conditions Eligible for Disability Benefits
- Mental Conditions Eligible for Disability Benefits
- Applying for Social Security Disability
- After You’re Approved: Keeping Your Benefits
- Social Security Denials & Appeals
- Disability Benefits Information
- More Social Security Disability Basics
About This Site
Applying for SSDI and SSI disability benefits can be an extremely difficult process for many applicants due to the length of time it takes for Social Security to make a decision on the claim, and due to the high chance of being denied. It is so frustrating to go through the application and be denied that approximately four out of five claimants who are denied do not file an appeal.
Hopefully you or your loved one are not going to give up. This page is for applicants who want to maximize their chances of winning from the beginning, and so that those who are denied can learn about the system and file an appeal.
The purpose of this site is to provide information that is typically impossible to find all in one place, and to learn information that may even be difficult to get from the attorney who is handling your claim for SSD and SSI benefits.
To win an initial application or appeal, you must be familiar with the particular symptoms and limitations that the Social Security Administration claims handler wants to see in someone with your medical condition. You should also have your doctor complete a residual functional capacity (RFC) form that identifies the limitations you have due to your medical condition. Examples may be found here:
- Physical RFC Form
- Mental RFC Form
- Fibromyalgia RFC Form
- SSDI & SSI Q&A
- How to Choose an SSDI or SSI Attorney to Represent You
- Starting Your Disability Claim
- Disability Claim Mistakes
- Disability Claims of Mental Impairment
- Common Disability Questions
- Insider Tips
- Medical Impairments and Disability Claims
- Social Security Disability Hearings
- Mental Impairments
- Back Disorders
- Neurological Conditions
- Muscle and Bone Problems
- Other Conditions
The Ortiz Law Firm
The Ortiz Law firm handles Social Security Disability Insurance Benefit claims (also called DI, DIB or RSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims.
We handle claims at every stage of the evaluation process including:
- Initial Applications;
- Hearings before Administrative Law Judges;
- Appeals Council; and
- Federal Court cases.
If you have a disability claim and would like a free case evaluation, please contact Pensacola Attorney Nick A. Ortiz at (850) 308-7833.