July 2010


What happens after the Social Security Judge rules in your favor?

You will get an official notice in writing sent to your address.

You should also get a written notice explaining how much you will receive per month, and when payments will start. This should be sent to you within 30 days.

There will also be a notice about your back benefits. This sometimes takes longer up to 60 to 90 days. Social Security must calculate the back benefits. If there is SSI and SSD both involved this will slow down the back benefit process at times.

Strangely, I have had a number of clients who get no notice at all and money shows up in their bank account via direct deposit.

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

Children’s cases for Social Security Disability are completely different than regular Adult disability cases.

Of course, the focus in adult cases is whether you can work. For children, Social Security looks at ability to function in 6 different areas.

Many attorneys will not take Children’s SSI cases. I will represent children in SSI cases because I believe you can win under certain circumstances, and parents need help getting through the system.

You must prove your child is extremely limited in one area, or markedly limited in two areas.

Three of the areas deal with physical functioning, and three deal with mental functioning.

Just as in Adult cases, you must appear before a Judge. The child must appear and testify, unless the Judge says the child does not need to testify. This usually happens for younger children.

The parent also must testify in court before the Judge.

The key in children’s SSI cases is to have good medical treatment, and it helps to have a sympathetic doctor.

Proof of hospitalization, school records, and discipline records are also very important.

Need help with your Child’s SSI case? Feel free to call Illinois Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371

It usually takes a long time to get Social Security Disability.

This means that you have to survive while waiting for a decision.

Many people file for unemployment after they can no longer work.

Some Social Security Judges will use this against you.

The Judge will ask you if you were able to work since you tell the Department of Employment Security that you are seeking work when they pay you.

In response you may be able to tell the Social Security Judge that you thought you could work part time, or that you were struggling with your pain but were willing to try to work.

The key is to explain how you were feeling at the time.

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

You should file for your Social Security Disability as soon as possible.

There is nothing to  be gained if you wait.

In fact, you may lose benefits the longer you wait to file for your Social Security Disability.

The reason is that you can only be paid back benefits for 12 months before your application is filed.

You also want to want to have your Social Security hearing as soon as possible. It can take up to 2 years to get the hearing so it is best to file and get things going.

Remember there are no filing fees or costs.

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

The tricky part of testifying at your Social Security Disability hearing is knowing how to explain your problems and how they limit your daily activities.

I was talking with an Administrative Law Judge the other day, and he mentioned that sometimes people just talk about too many problems.

This overwhelms some Judges, and backfires against you.

There is a fine line between complaining too much versus not explaining enough about your problems.

If you pile high a list of problems, and are extreme in your description the Judge may find that you are not believable.

The better approach may be to focus on the most serious problems such as back, arms, legs and lack of energy. You may want to avoid hearing and eyesight issues unless they are extreme.

You should also think through how you will describe your limitations to the Administrative Law Judge. Even disabled people can do some chores with extended rest breaks.

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