May 2014

I have seen some attorney advertisements that claim they can speed up the Social Security Disability procedure to get you a hearing faster than the 18 to 20 months it now takes in Illinois.

Is this true?

Unfortunately not.

There is really not much a lawyer can do to speed up the Social Security review process.

There are certain types of case such as Veteran’s disability claims who have been rated at 100 percent disability that have priority.

If you have been evicted or have a foreclosure notice, then Social Security may push your case forward.

Contacting a Congressional office may help speed things up somewhat, but there are no guarantees.

A lawyer can contact the Adjudicator at the State Agency and keep them informed of recent medical treatment and doctor’s opinions. This is helpful because it may persuade Social Security that your condition has worsened. It is also important in cases that involve cancer because it provides the latest information about how your disease is progressing.

The problem is that there are not enough Social Security workers and a large number of disability filings.

This creates a large line of cases waiting for hearings. There are only a limited number of judges and they cannot hear more than 6 cases a day.

The most important thing is to continue to see your doctors and explain the problems and limitations you have. The Judge will examine your medical records closely and you must make sure they support your testimony of problems regarding lifting, walking, standing and sitting.

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


Many mental illnesses reduce life expectancy more than heavy smoking | University of Oxford.

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Amazing. Study claims that mental illness reduces life expectancy more than smoking.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill.: Disabled protesters arrested at state Capitol | Illinois News | News Democrat.

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State money funds several programs for the disabled including Medicaid, personal assistants, and nursing home care.

It is possible to be found disabled based on mental illness alone.

However, these type of cases are difficult to win.

The reason is that many judges believe there is some type of job that a person can do.

Such as a simple, unskilled job.

Social Security disability rules provide that if a person can perform some type of job with no limitations on lifting or standing then you are not disabled.

Vocational experts will testify that even if a person needs to avoid the general public or have limited contact with co-workers and supervisors there are jobs available.

The fact that you can no longer perform your old work does not matter.

To show that you can no longer work as a result of depression, anxiety, PTSD or personality disorders you must convince the Judge that you will miss 2 or more days per month or that you will be off task more than 20 percent of the work day.

This can be done if you have a history of being hospitalized multiple times, or you treat with shock therapy, or have to be medicated with drugs that will keep you sedated most of the time.

You will also need your psychiatrist to provide you with an assessment of how your symptoms will restrict you in a work situation.

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

Amid doomsday budget talks, Democrats eye Medicaid spending hikes.

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Another part of the Medicaid cutback is restrictions on prescriptions. There is a limit on the number of drugs that will be allowed under the medical card. CompNewsNetwork – What percentage of the working-age population receives Disability Benefits in Canada and the US?.

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The 4.7 percent of the US population on Social Security Disability most likely reflects the aging of a larger portion of people. As you age the standards for disability change in the US and it becomes relatively easier to found disabled.

Fewer disability claims being approved by judges… – Social Security Disability Blog.

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The real bad news is that in Central Illinois the approval rate is closer to 34 percent. That is significantly lower than the 48 to 52 percent this observer reports.

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