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It is not yet complete, but The Ortiz Law Firm has a new website: It will combine all of my practice areas under one website. These practice areas include personal injury, long term disability or ERISA claims, and Social Security disability claims. The personal injury practice includes,Read More >

Social Security Replaces Terms “Retardation” and “Mental Retardation” with Term “Intellectual Disability”

In accordance with Public Law 111-256 (enacted October 2010), Social Security has replaced the terms “retardation” and “mental retardation” with the term “intellectual disability.” Beginning with the 2010 edition of Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2011 (released July 2012), tables and charts provideRead More >

Highlights of Social Security Disability Insurance Program for Fiscal Year 2011

According to the Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2011 (released July 2012), here are some highlights about the Social Security Disability Program: Size and Scope of the Disability Insurance Benefit program: Disability benefits were paid to just over 9.8 million people. Awards toRead More >

What is the Difference Between Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Benefits (DIB v. SSI)?

We are often asked, “What is the difference between disability and SSI for Social Security?” This infographic highlights some of the difference between the programs of disability: Social Security Disability Insurance vs. Supplemental Security Income infographic

Why is My Case Taking So Long???

Why is my case taking so long??? Applying for disability is a great hardship.  The family has lost an income source, so money is tight.  You want to work, but are unable to do so due to a disabling condition. The disability application process becomes even more dishearteningRead More >

Epilepsy and Social Security Disability

Due to the advances of modern medicine and treatment,only a small percentage of epileptics who are under appropriate treatment are considered disabled by the Social Security Administration.  This is because Social Security does not consider most epilepsy conditions to be severe enough to keep most epileptics from engagingRead More >

How To Apply for SSI Disability

Social Security has made significant changes in the way it processes applications for Social Security disability claims.  One of these changes has been to allow some claimants to file an application for benefits online. One word of caution, however.  Despite what some other websites are stating, you cannotRead More >

Social Security Denial Letter

The first thing you should do if you’ve received a denial letter in your Social Security disability claim is read the letter!  I know this seems obvious, but I’ve spoken with countless claimant who were so mad or frustrated that they threw the letter in a drawer orRead More >

How Much Will I Get In Social Security Back Pay?

A very common question that we receive is: “How far back will my benefits go?” Your benefits begin the later of: (a) 12 months before the date of application or (b) five full months after the date you were found to be disabled.  This is the “date ofRead More >

How to Check the Status of Your Social Security Disability Claim

There are several ways you can check on the status of your social security disability claim: 1.  If you applied for benefits online then you may check the status of your application online by clicking here: check status of Social Security disability claim. Your application status shows: TheRead More >