January 2014


If you have the unfortunate circumstance of having cancer, then one option for you is to file for Social Security Disability.

The usual standard is whether you are prevented from working any job at all.

This would mean things such as the complications from the cancer and the treatments you are receiving make you sick or you are constantly fatigued.

This translates into the inability to work because of having too many absences or not being able to stay on task long enough throughout the day.

The other way that Social Security looks at cancer is through what is called a listing.

The theory is that when a disease or condition is so severe that it meets criteria Social Security has set forth in its rules, then you are presumed to be unable to work.

Some examples of cancers that meet the listing and for which you will be found disabled are inoperable, unresectable, or recurrent cancers. Or a cancer that has metastasized.

Social Security will expedite reviews of cancer cases. This means they will speed up their decision on the claim.

This is important because currently claims are taking around 5 months for the initial review.

Remember, it is important to file as soon as possible because you want to get the review under way faster to get your benefits quickly.

No one wants to have to deal with cancer, but it is important to know that Social Security Disability benefits are available.

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

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Once you reach the Social Security Disability hearing stage, the decision maker is the Administrative Law Judge.

The Judge determines the credibility of the witness (that is you).

Credibility is basically whether you are believable.

In most cases your truthfulness or credibility will be a major part of whether or not you win your case.

Here are some of the things that the Administrative Law Judge will look at in determining whether you are believable.

Your past work history can be very helpful to you.

Have you worked full time for a good number of years?

This shows that you valued work and worked as long as you could.

Your medical records can support your credibility.

Do they detail your complaints of pain and attempts at treatment?

Do your medical records show that you have ongoing and long standing limitations?

Your testimony at your Social Security Disability hearing is a major part of your credibility.

Does what you are telling the judge make sense?

If you are overly dramatic or exaggerate, then you are not helping yourself.

For instance, your testimony may be that you are able to do some types of things around the house, but you probably need to take rest breaks while doing your chores.

For instance, your testimony may be that it is likely can do some work for a short period, but not for the length of time and at the productivity levels necessary to work a full time job.

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

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