April 2007

The wait for a social security disability hearing wears on you. You already feel terrible. The pressure of not having an income is crushing. Throughout the country there are long lines to have hearings before a social security judge. This bad experience is not limited to Central Illinois. See the following article about Ohio http://www.columbusdispatch.com/dispatch/contentbe/EPIC_shim.php?story=247994 . Congress is holding hearings regarding the disability horror show. Let your congressperson and United States Senator about your own experiences.

Serious illness and disability is definitely a faith testing experience. Cry out to the Lord and He will hear you.

Call me with your stories. 309-827-4371 Dirk.


Going through health problems and seeking social security disability involves more than  physical and emotional issues. It is also a spiritual journey. Life is not easy and it takes twists and turns that test us.

I am reading a book that may help some of you. It is called “90 minutes in heaven” by Don Piper. It is about a man who dies in a car accident, goes to Heaven, and then comes back to life. The book touches briefly on his time in Heaven, and the remainder of the book deals with his struggles with his injuries and health after he comes back from Heaven. It has some good reminders about the gift of life and health, and the need to be spiritually prepared when we die. He also talks about letting others help you. The author touches on the depression he went through because of his pain, his lack of progress, and the desire to return to Heaven. Sometimes God uses our pain to touch the lives of others and encourage them.

I recommend this book. It does not sugar coat the pain he goes through and it gives us reason to hope.

When a lawyer represents you in Social Security disability cases the Social Security Administration controls the fees that can be charged. You can only be charged if you win your disability case. The fee is limited to 25% of back benefits or $5,300 whichever represents the lower amount. This means if you have back benefits that approach $30,000 or above then you pay no fees on this amount. Fees are also limited to back benefits. That is, only on benefits that accrue through the date of hearing. When you win, in most cases, you will also be entitled to a monthly check for the rest of your life. There are no attorneys fees on the monthly social security disability benefit check you receive for the rest of your life.

The system Social Security has set up is advantageous for you. You can have an attorney represent you in a disability case and you pay no up front fees, and you pay no fees on your lifetime benefits that may result in hundreds of thousands of dollars for you.

A lawyer is allowed to charge you separately for the costs of medical records and reports in addition to the fees.

Please feel free to call me, Dirk May, at 309-827-4371 to discuss how an experienced Social Security disability attorney can help you be prepared for one of the most important days of your life: your Social Security hearing.