Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
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Tim Moore, NC Disability Representative, Publisher of SSDRC:
About the SSDRC:
For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled The Disability Mess (also available in Word format) and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system (word version).
The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes.
About Tim Moore:
I am not a disability lawyer but, instead, a Disability Claimant's Representative. What is the difference? In my particular case, there are several distinct differences.
First, while a disability attorney may divide their law practice between a number of different legal areas, a non-attorney disability claimant's representative will focus only on Social Security Disability and/or SSI cases. (Note: I am based within my home state of North Carolina and currently do not take clients).
I cannot overstate the importance of specialization. Since the Social Security Disability system is a "bureacratic administrative-law system" with multiple routes for approval (e.g., medical-vocational allowances vs. listing approvals) and a precise set of rules, guidelines, and regulations that govern the outcome for each case, there is little room for occasional practitioners. Without a doubt, every individual who pursues a disability claim deserves expert and knowledgable handling of their case.
Secondly, most attorneys have not worked for any component of the Social Security Administration; in my own case, I am a former disability examiner for the SSA's disability determination services (DDS) in North Carolina, located in Raleigh.
As a disability examiner, I adjudicated Social Security Disability and SSI claims, which is simply another way of saying that I reviewed the medical and vocational evidence of a case in order to determine whether it should be approved or denied. This background gave me particular insight into how cases are determined, how the system actually works at the ground level, as well as certain commonly made mistakes that are often made and which should be avoided.
Finally, I have taken and passed the federal written examination that is administered by the Social Security Administration and which is authorized under Public Law No. 111-142, "The Social Security Disability Applicants' Access to Professional Representation Act of 2010". The purpose of this exam is to test knowledge of the relevant provisions of the Social Security Act and also knowlege of the most recent developments in SSA including court decisions that affect titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.
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