May 2007


As I have mentioned before, I like to read and there are some books that I think are relevant and helpful to people who are ill and suffering. I am reading A Man of Heroic Endurance Job by Charles R. Swindoll. It is about the Biblical character Job and his famous struggle with the loss of his family, wealth and health. It is amazing that Job maintained his faith through all his losses, pain and when he felt God was not listening or responding.

Through it all Job responds with these words: As for me, I know that my redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; Whom I myself shall behold, and whom my eyes shall see and not another. My heart faints within me! Job 19:25-27

Peace to all who suffer. Keep your eyes on the healer of all: Jesus

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Thanks for visiting my blog re All things Social Security Disability. You can jump over to my website via the Link on the left hand side of the page. My office is in Bloomington, Illinois. I help people throughout Central Illinois- Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, Decatur, Pontiac, Clinton, Lincoln and Peoria. Call Dirk at 309-827-4371, I’ll try to answer your questions.

When you choose a lawyer you have to feel comfortable with the person or you will not have a good experience. It is often difficult to be direct, but that is the best way to find out if your relationship with the attorney will work out for you. For example, you should ask if they will return your telephone calls. The attorney may not be direct in their answer, however, their response will be telling. Do they change the subject? Do they act defensive? Do they rationalize- If I answer all your calls I cannot work on your case. If you believe that one then you deserve the lawyer you end up with. Press further- will you return my calls as soon as you are available. Remember it is your case, you are entitled to discuss it with your lawyer. No one can guarantee results, but you are entitled to discuss what is going on with your social security disability claim with your attorney.

Finally, remember if you are dissatisfied with your lawyer you have the right to hire another lawyer. I consider it a privilege to work with you on your social security case, and I would be glad to discuss your case with you and decide on the best approach to winning. I have helped people throughout Central Illinois. So if you live in Bloomington, Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, Peoria or Pontiac Illinois please call Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

When you are injured and cannot work, depression is often a byproduct of everything else that is happening in your life. You can use all your conditions to prove disability. This means that if you have a back injury and problems with your hands and are depressed the cumulative effect of all your injuries may make you disabled.

However, with depression it is often not enough to claim you are disabled. It is also not enough to have your primary care doctor prescribe anti-depression medication and diagnose you with depression. You will probably need a specialist such as a psychiatrist or psychologist diagnose and treat you. These professionals can provide a more detailed description of your condition and explain your resulting limitations. You may also want to visit the Mental Health Association of Illinois website. See the links section of this page.

As always, feel free to call me and discuss your case. Dirk May 309-827-4371. Serving Central Illinois for your Social Security Disability needs.