Some resolutions for the New Year and your Social Security Disability case.

1. Do not wait to file your application. The sooner the better. You may be losing valuable benefits.

2. Be patient. Social Security Disability is a slow process. It takes almost a year and half to get to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.

3. Do not give up. If you are denied you need to file appeals at each stage. Otherwise you lose benefits and time.

4. Go to your doctor. If you do not see a doctor for your conditions and problems you put yourself at a tremendous disadvantage.

5. Go to the Social Security doctors. If you skip the appointments you will be denied. Sometimes the Social Security doctor will help your case.

6. Pay attention to the forms Social Security sends you. How you respond can help or hurt your case.

7. Pay attention to the questions the Judge asks. The hearing is your chance to explain how your illness limits your daily activities.

8. Know why the vocational expert is at the hearing and what questions you need to ask.

9. Remember the past work you performed in the last 15 years. It may be very important to your case.

10. Talk to a Social Security Disability Lawyer about your case. You have nothing to lose. Lawyers are only paid if you win your case.

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