June 2010


Problems with your hands and arms are very important to your Social Security Disability case.

These conditions can range from carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, shoulder tears, weakness, loss of range of motion.

They may be caused by diseases, injuries or trauma. Such as diabetes, arthritis, or degenerative joint disease.

For example, neuropathy often causes loss of sensation, tingling, and pain.

You can prove these problems with Doctor’s records, tests like EMGs and nerve tests, or MRI’s.

These types of problems with the hands and arms are critical in Social Security Disability cases.

This is because the Administrative Law Judge must decide what jobs you can do, and the ability to use your hands and arms is crucial in almost all jobs.

Questions about hand and arm problems and your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to call Illinois Social Security Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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Back problems result in Disability for a large number of Social Security claimants.

This is because chronic back pain severely limits activities such as sitting, standing, lifting and walking.

The problem is proving that you have back pain.

Have you had low back surgery? neck surgery? More than one surgery? A fusion with plating, screws and rods? This certainly explains back pain.

Does the pain run down your legs or arms? Do you have tests that show radiculopathy or neuropathy?

Do you have MRI tests or CT scans that show herniated discs, spinal stenosis, pinched nerves or nerve root impingement.

Other proof of chronic back pain for your Social Security Disability case may be pain management therapy, strong pain medications, or use of  a Tens Unit.

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

If you have filed for Social Security Disability, and then find you can return to work full time you may still be able to get Social Security benefits.

You have to be off work for at least one year.

This is called a closed period.

It means you can be paid for the time period you were unable to work.

Some Judges seem to be more willing to give a person Social Security Disability for a closed period than for the remainder of your life.

Getting Social Security Disability for a closed period does not stop you from getting Disability benefits in the future if you have to stop working again.

Questions about Social Security Disability benefits? Feel free to call Illinois Social Security Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

When the  Administrative Law Judge in Social Security Disability cases is doing her job in the right way she is fair.

I have seen times when the Judge does not her job in the right way. You need to think about this if you do not use a lawyer.

The Judge is a lawyer. Many Judges subconsciously treat you better if you have a lawyer. The Judge understands that the case will be more likely appealed if there is a lawyer involved.

The Judge thinks the case is better developed and you are better prepared if you have a lawyer.

The Judge has to more careful with his questions to the vocational expert if you have a lawyer.

The Judge takes it for granted that you do not understand the rules and law that apply to Social Security Disability.

Questions about your Social Security Disability case and the Judge? Feel free to call Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.