September 2011



Your doctor can be very helpful to your Social Disability Case.

Some doctors are reluctant to become involved in Social Security Disability cases because they do not understand the process.

They do not necessarily have to become an advocate in your case.

They do not even have to write a supporting letter for you.

If you remember to tell your doctor about your limitations each time you go for a visit, it can be very helpful.

For instance, telling your doctor that your back pain is constant and feels better when you elevate your feet to waist height a couple hours a day may find its way into the medical records after you tell her several times.

Telling your doctor about that your pain medications cause drowsiness and loss of concentration is also important.

Or that your hands and fingers experience numbness and tingling most of the day.

Limitations are the name of the game in Social Security Disability.

Remember to tell your doctor.

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

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Social Security Is Much Worse Than A Ponzi Scheme – Forbes.


When you file for Social Security Disability in Central Illinois this is rough guideline of how long the different parts of your case will take.

When you file your application it is sent to Springfield, Illinois for review of the medical records. This usually takes from 6 to 8 weeks.

If you are denied disability at this stage and appeal, then your case is sent back to Springfield for review. This also takes about 6 to 8 weeks.

The final appeal stage is to Request a Hearing. This usually takes 9 to 12 months for Social Security to schedule the hearing.

As you can tell it takes a long time to get to the hearing stage. Although it is faster than it has been in the past.

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

The Blotter | Mill Creek couple facing prison for Social Security fraud | Seattle Times Newspaper.

Social Security fraud = Jail time.

GOP candidates revive private Social Security idea – San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com.

Social Security still in the spotlight.

Be careful what you wish for.


Sometimes Social Security Disability Judges will ask questions about your ability to do certain types of jobs.

Why do they do this?

If you are under 50 years of age and can work any type of full time job, then you are not disabled.

A person who responds to the Judge and says they think they could work a simple sit down job, will usually be denied disability benefits.

The Judge is usually testing to see how limited you really are.

Keep in mind with these type of work questions the following:

Can you really do this work 5 days a week, 8 hours day?

How will your chronic pain affect your concentration?

How will your medications limit your energy?

How will your back or legs or arms and hands hold up after a work day?

Want to know what the Social Security Disability Judge is going to ask you? Feel free to call Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Rick Perry and his Social Security problem – The Washington Post.

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