January 2013

If you forced me to give you the top piece of advice that would help you win your Social Security Disability case, what would it be?

There is not just one thing that will help you win your case, but this a very important factor that may tip the scales in your favor.

You must go to the doctor often and tell your doctor your problems and how they limit your activities.

This may seem like a no-brainer but I have seen many cases where the person does not go to the doctor very often, or they do not tell the doctor all their problems, or they do not explain how the problems limit them.

You should go to the doctor 3 to 4 times a year at least. Otherwise the Judge thinks your problems are resolved.

You need to tell the doctor all your major problems so they show up in the medical records.

You need to tell the doctor how your problems limit your daily activities so it shows up in the medical records.

Such as I cannot lift more than a gallon of milk because it hurts my low back.

Or my arthritis keeps me from gripping and using my fingers most of the time with both hands.

The limitation information is very important because Social Security Judges look closely at the medical records and base their decision on whether you are disabled or not on your restrictions.

Remember this is not the only thing that is important to your case, however it will go a long way toward helping you win.

Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371 to discuss your case.


Social Security commissioner to leave in February – KTVN Channel 2 – Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video –.

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Changing of the guard. The new head of Social Security may propose some new more people friendly rules for those who are disabled.

Judge to decide physician's competency in fraud case – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register.

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Bizarre story. Fraud charge for filing a social security disability application while Doctor was supposedly able to work.

Advocates warn of ‘broken’ mental-health system – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register.

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Not much surprise. Mental health resources are very limited. Difficult to get counseling or psychiatric help.

Social Security goes electronic | The Suffolk News-Herald.

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According to this article, switching to electronic payment is not optional. Applies to all people who are receiving benefits.

Five Charged for Hate Crimes for Allegedly Stealing from Mentally Disabled.

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Can it get any lower? They should be put behind bars for a long time.

Social Security Disability is considered an insurance program.

This means that you must pay enough taxes into the program to be eligible for disability payments.

Social Security requires you to have worked 20 quarters in the last 10 years.

This means that you must earn a little over $4,500 a year to earn 4 quarters in a year.

The advantage of being eligible for Social Security Disability is that you would be able to receive a monthly payment and Medicare.

You can see that if you go years without working, then your quarters will drop and your date of last insurance will be farther away.

If your date of last insurance is March 31, 2009, then you must prove that you were disabled before this date or you will not receive any payments.

The farther in the past your date of last insurance the more difficult it is to win your case.

Some examples that will lead to problems for your disability case:

you go years without working;

you work but do not pay your Social Security taxes;

you are a stay at home mom or dad; or

you work as a school teacher or at a university where they do not pay into Social Security.

You can see that even working part-time can help you reach the quarters you need to have protection through Social Security Disability.

Even if you do not qualify for Social Security Disability you may be able to qualify for another program called SSI.

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

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