May 2012

When should you file for Social Security Disability?

If you are working full time you cannot file.

If you are working and making over $1,000 a month gross you cannot file.

But if you are not working due to an injury, illness, or condition you may file.

In addition, if you are working only part time and making less than $1,000 a month gross due to your injury, illness or condition you may file.

There is really no reason to delay filing.

The process may take 15 to 24 months so it is smart to start as soon as possible.

There are no filing fees.

There are no upfront attorney fees.

The Federal Government regulates attorney fees and only allows contingent fees.

This means you only pay if you win.

You may also lose benefits if you wait too long to file.

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


VisionMonday > Social Security Statements Now Online.

Click above to read. Here it is. Your estimates of Social Security Retirement and Disability pay is now available online.

On Social Security, the geezers have it right | – Opinion columns.

Click above to read. Good point: Social Security Disability and Social Security is not welfare. We pay for it.

Cottage Grove caretaker accused of taking dead man's Social Security benefits for 16 years |

Click above to read.

Watch out when your caretaker asks you questions about your Social Security.

Social Security Judges will allow witnesses in a Disability Hearing.

You have to decide whether they will help your case.

Medical records are the most important evidence in the case, however a witness may be important.

The disability hearing is only 30 minutes to 1 hour in length.

Most of the time will be spent on your testimony.

Sometimes I will use a letter from a close friend or family member to describe your limitations and how people help you out.

If seizures are involved I will usually have a witness testify.

Or if mental illness is claimed, I may call someone to testify about how it affects the person’s daily activities.

You must be careful to avoid making the Judge mad by wasting their time with unnecessary witnesses.

In any event, the witness will testify for only 5 to 10 minutes.

Questions about how Social Security Disability hearings work? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.


Click above to read. Points out that homeless people have a difficult time proving their Social Security Disability case because of limited access to medical care.

Social Security statements of benefits are only online | The Columbus Dispatch.

It has been several years since the benefit statements were mailed. Now you may check them out online.

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