November 2009


A Blessed Thanksgiving to all!

I like this hymn by Johnson Ortman Jr.

Count Your Many Blessings

When upon life’s billows your are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count Your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Social Security Disability is really a survival situation.

You must hang in there until the hearing is held, and a Judge reviews your medical records and listens to your testimony.

You must get your medical treatment while you wait. It may seem like you cannot afford to get treatment, but if you do not go to the doctor then you will most likely lose.

Thinking you are saving some money by not going to the doctor is foolish.

If you are truly disabled, then you will have to seek medical treatment.

Testimony about your pain and limitations is not enough. There must be medical records to support your complaints.

Questions about medical treatment and Social Security Disability? Call Illinois Social Security Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

If the Social Security Disability Judge thinks you can work, then you in most cases you are not disabled (when you are over 50 years old different rules apply).

What kind of work counts to Social Security? Any type of work counts. Even if you can only work a minimum wage job, this will disqualify you. Social Security does not require a liveable wage. Currently, gross wages over $970.00 per month is considered substantial gainful employment.

Social Security also does not require the jobs to be located in your home town. If the jobs are located in Illinois that is good enough. As a practical matter this is ridiculous, but that is the law.

Social Security does not care what the unemployment rate is in your area. The only thing they look at is whether you have the ability to perform the job.

As you can see it is pretty difficult to overcome this standard.

That is why it is important to know what kind of questions to ask the vocational expert.

Questions about this? Call me, Illinois Social Security Lawyer Dirk May, at 309-827-4371.

In Social Security Disability cases medical treatment is King.

The more medical treatment you have the better chance you have of winning your case.

You can tell the Judge all you want about your problems, but if you do not have medical records to support your complaints then it will not matter.

I realize that it is often difficult to get treatment and you may need to pay some money to get additional treatment, however it is worth it. Would you spend a thousand dollars or more to potentially get benefits for a lifetime and medicare.

You may have some type of health insurance, or a medical card, or some type of community clinic. You need to find out what is available and go the doctor.

Need some advice about your Social Security Disability? Call me, Dirk May Social Security Lawyer, at 309-827-4371.