June 2011



I know you do not want to think about losing your Social Security Disability case.

But it does happen. Only about 60 percent of the cases at the hearing level result in approvals.

If you do lose you have the option to appeal.

The appeal goes to the Appeals Council in Virginia.

The appeal is a paper appeal. You write an argument explaining why you think the Administrative Law Judge was wrong.

It takes anywhere from 2 to 12 months to get a response.

You can reapply while the appeal is pending.

You should do both. The reapplication usually takes less time than the original case because the case has already been worked up.

You may win on the new application while you wait for the appeal.

You must not give up. Keep trying. Social Security Disability is about medical treatment and persistence.

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

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When you testify at your Social Security Hearing you need to focus on how your illness and conditions limit you.

The Administrative Law Judge wants to know how your daily activities are effected.

Does your back pain limit your standing?

Does your neck surgery make your arms go numb and make it difficult to hold objects?

Does your Diabetes make your feet go numb and make it hard to walk?

How much can you lift before the pain becomes too much?

How long can you stand before you need to rest?

How far can you walk?

How long can you sit?

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

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