The reality is that it is getting tougher to qualify for Social Security Disability.

The rules and law have not changed but the political climate has caused some people to complain that it is much too easy to get disability.

It has never really been easy to get approved for Social Security Disability in Central Illinois. However, some parts of the country were much more lax on the standards for approving people than they are currently. Now the approval rates are dropping nationwide.

The best approach to strengthening your case is to have some objective medical evidence to support your testimony and what your doctor puts in her medical records.

Examples of objective medical evidence are Xrays, MRIs, and EMG nerve conduction tests.

These type of tests may show arthritis, herniated discs, nerve impingement, radiculopathy, neuropathy, or carpal tunnel syndrome.

There is no test to prove pain but these tests may be able to explain why you are having problems.

Anything that gives the Judge a reason to understand why you are limited in using your hands, or cannot stand or walk or sit for long periods is important in helping your case.

Some of these tests are expensive but they make the difference between winning and losing your disability case.

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