November 2010



No matter what life has dealt us, it is proper and right to give thanks.

As Psalm 92 reminds us: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.

God has given us life, hope and redeemed us.

Have a Good Thanksgiving.


When you receive the Social Security Disability denial notice in the mail what does it mean?

Most Social Security Disability denials explain the reasons at the end of the notice.

It will say something like you can return to your old job, or you can still perform light work.

These reasons mean something to the Social Security Administration.

The first test in Social Security Disability is whether you can do your old job. If you can return to your old job, then you are not disabled.

The second test is what jobs are available if you cannot perform your old work.

If you are under 50 years of age and you can do any kind of work on a full time basis, then you are not disabled.

When you are 50 years of age and older the standards become less strict.

Questions about your Social Security Disability denial? Feel free to call Illinois Social Security Lawyer Dirk May at 3090-827-4371.


Last time I discussed Social Security listings in general, this week I will go through an example of a back listing.

Remember, you do not have to meet a listing to be found disabled. However, if you do meet a listing, then you will automatically be found disabled.

Back problems are listed under disorders of the spine.

These include herniated nucleus pulposus, spinal arachnoditis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, facet arthritis, or vertebral fracture resulting in compromise of a nerve root or spinal cord with inability to walk effectively, or a need to change positions often, or motor loss and limited range of motion.

These conditions must be documented with medical imaging studies and medical exams and testing.

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


Social Security Listings are regulations that describe conditions that if met automatically leads to a finding of disability.
It is very difficult to fall within a listing. Examples of listings are blindness, severe limitations on walking, severe heart conditions, or multiple hospitalizations for mental illness.

The Social Security Disability listings describe conditions. But just being diagnosed with the condition does not mean you are disabled.

The listings describe the type of limitations that may result from the conditions. Social Security focuses on these limitations.

Remember, as long as you work full time you are not disabled, no matter what conditions you may have. For instance, blind people who work full time cannot be disabled. However, when they stop working full time they can apply for Social Security disability.

Questions about Social Security Disability listings and whether they apply to you? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.