March 2010


There is often a big understanding about Legal Fees and Social Security Disability.

You can get the help of a Social Security Lawyer without paying any money up front.

The Federal Law allows you to hire a lawyer to help you with your case on a contingent fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay any money to the lawyer unless you win.

The fees are limited to 25% of back benefits or $6,000 whichever amount is less. There are never any fees on your monthly check.

Not bad, considering that if you get Social Security Disability benefits you will receive them for the rest of your life. This could easily mean benefits that result in several hundred thousand dollars over your lifetime.

Questions about Social Security Disability? Feel free to call me, Illinois Social Security Attorney Dirk May, at 309-827-4371.

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There is free tax help available throughout Central Illinois.

This is important because you may be able to get money from the Earned Income Tax Credit. You do not have to have any tax due to take advantage of this program.
In other words, you do not have to pay any tax and you get a refund through the Earned Income Tax Credit.

In the Bloomington, Illinois area contact Heartland Community College. In Champaign, Illinois contact Parkland Community College or the Champaign Public Library. In Springfield, Illinois contact Lincoln Land Community College or the Springfield Public Library. In Peoria, Illinois contact Illinois Central Community College or the Peoria Public College.

Many people who are seeking Social Security Disability or who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits may be able to receive additional money if they file a tax return.

One of the most common questions in Social Security Disability is how long will it take.

It really depends on the part of the country where you live. In Illinois, particularly Peoria, Bloomington, Pontiac, Springfield, Decatur and Champaign, it takes about one year from the time you Request a Hearing. This works out to be around 18 months from filing your application to the hearing date. The time has been reduced in the last 10 months, however, it still takes too long for someone who cannot work.

Some areas close to Chicago, and in Southern Illinois may be able to have a hearing earlier than this.

Circumstances, such as evictions, or no income in the household can result in an expedited hearing.

The large number of people filing for Social Security Disability and the limited number of judges and Social Security staff have resulted in long delays through out the country.

Questions about your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to call me. Ask for Dirk.

Social Security Disability can be awarded for leg and knee problems.

For instance, severe fractures and knee surgeries can cause a person to have use a cane, walker or wheelchair. This may limit you to a sit down job, or no job at all. Depending on the circumstances even a sit down job may result in you being found disabled.

Severe leg and knee injuries can cause extreme and chronic pain. This can prevent you from working.

Severe leg and knee problems in combination with other problems will also help you in being found disabled.

The most important factor in Social Security Disability are the limitations you experience. Such as how long you can stand, sit, walk or lift.
Serious leg and knee problems can affect all these areas.

Questions about Social Security Disability and your leg and knee conditions? Call Illinois Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.