March 2008

Please feel free to call me for a free review of your Social Security Disability case.

I will discuss the merits of your case, and try to give you an idea of what the Administrative Law Judge will look for, and what you will need to do to present your case in the most favorable light.

Please give me a call at 309-827-4371 and ask for Dirk.


Why is Good Friday “good”? It is good for the creation that God reached down through Jesus to lift up his sinful people. When we have Jesus we have all things worthwhile. Even in our illness, discouragement, and fallen state Christ transforms us. Good Friday is truly good, but Easter Sunday is even better. The resurrection fills us with hope for the present and certainly for the future.

Have a blessed Easter.

Recent Social Security reports tout the hiring of 175 new administrative law judges. This will probably not do much for the backlog. 175 judges spread across the country will not mean that many more hearings based on the thousands of people waiting for a trial.

Another attempt to reduce the work load is doing video hearings from field offices that have a smaller work load. For instance, Arizona judges will start doing video hearings for the Danville, Illinois office. This may help out somewhat, but the bottom line is that more staff are needed in the field office to prepare the cases for hearing. This would result in the cases being ready sooner and would help spot cases that are deserving of an on the record decision.

Have questions for a Social Security disbability lawyer in Central Illinois? Give Dirk a call at 309-827-4371.

In Social Security Disability cases all your conditions and symptoms matter. Sometimes a certain illness dominates your life, but a combination of diseases can push you over the edge so that you can no longer work.

For example, you may have a neck problem that also results in headaches and also experience chronic depression. All of these conditions limit your ability to function on a daily basis. The more limitations you have the better your chance is to argue for severe disability that will keep you from working a full time job.

The key to convincing an Administrative Law Judge is to go for treatment on a consistent basis and to explain your problems to your doctors each time you go.

If you live in Peoria, Bloomington, Springfield, or Champaign and have any questions regarding the conditions you have and how they relate to Social Security Disability please feel free to call Dirk May at 309-827-4371.