It is important to know how the Administrative Law Judge thinks because she is going to decide whether or not you are disabled.

The way the Judge looks at your case depends on your age.

If you are under 50 years of age, and the Judge thinks you can work at job at all then you are not disabled.

If you are 50 years of age or older, and the Judge thinks you can only work a sedentary job then you are disabled ( there are certain exceptions to this rule but to make things simple I will not get into them at this time).

A sedentary job means a job where you spend 6 hours out of an 8 hour day sitting. And you only have to lift 10 pounds.

Questions about proving you cannot work? Call Social Security Disability Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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Your medical records will decide whether or not you win your social security disability case.

That is why it is so important to get medical treatment in your Social Security case. Of course, this is difficult if you do not have insurance or a medical card. Bloomington, Peoria, Champaign and Springfield, Illinois have some free clinics. There are also some mental health facilities in Central Illinois that provide counselors and psychiatrists.

You should treat on a regular basis. This will show your condition is serious.

You should tell your doctor about all your problems so the doctor will record everything in your records.

The medications you take are important. This will be part of your records also.

What the doctor writes in the records is very persuasive to the Administrative Law Judge who will decide your case. So make sure you are clear in what you tell your doctor.

Need more tips? Call SSDI Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

What happens behind closed doors during a Social Security Disability Hearing?

First of all, there is not a lawyer working for Social Security who is trying to stop you from getting Social Security Disability. This does not mean it will be easy to be approved for Social Security Disability.

Second, the Administrative Law Judge who works for Social Security will be asking you a lot of questions. She will be the one making the decision in your case, and she wants to know how your condition limits your activities.

Third, the Vocational Expert will provide examples of jobs he thinks you can do based on your limitations. You will need to know how to ask questions of the vocational expert that will show you cannot work those jobs.

Fourth, the Judge will most likely not make a decision the day of your hearing. She will write up a decision and send it to you in about 60 days.

More questions about what will happen at your Social Security Disability hearing? Call me, Attorney Dirk May, at 309-827-4371.

Let’s be honest. Not every client and lawyer get along.  When choosing your lawyer it is important to make sure your personalities and expectations match.  Here are some important things to keep in mind:

  •  Does the lawyer return your calls within 24 hours? There really is no excuse for not returning your calls. If the lawyer is in court, then the attorney will have to get you a message and call you when available.
  • Does your lawyer take your input? A Social Security disability case is really a partnership between attorney and client. This does not mean the lawyer will always agree with you, but you should at least be able to discuss your views and understand why the attorney takes certain approaches and positions in your case.
  • Is this more than a business relationship? In other words, it is not just about money. There must be trust and an ability to work together to put your best case before the Administrative Law Judge. A lawyer can never guarantee you will win, but the attorney can promise to give his best effort to present your case.
  • Is the lawyer familiar with the Administrative Law Judges who may decide your case? It is very important to know the judge and what he or she looks for in a disability case. A lawyer from a city or state far from your home will be at a great disadvantage.

Any questions, please call Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.