It is getting scary out there. Many people are losing their job. The economy is bad and there are not many openings if you do not have a job.

Lots of people are hanging on to their job as long as possible, even when they have continuing health problems.

If you were working your job and were in bad health, and then lost your job, you should file for Social Security Disability. A layoff or job termination does not prevent you from getting Social Security Disability. You must prove your health condition is keeping you from full time work at this time, however, this is not necessarily a high burden if you have ongoing health problems.

You have paid into the Social Security System all your life so you are entitled to seek disability benefits if you are no longer able to work. The money paid to you from Social Security Disability is your money.

Questions about the Social Security Disability process? Call me, Illinois Social Security Disability attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371


The bottom line in Social Security Disability cases:  no medical treatment, no win. How do you get treatment in Illinois?

  • Private insurance
  • Public Aid card
  • free or reduced health
  • mental health clinicstate programs or limited access to state insurance

Call me for a free information sheet  on medical treatment, or to discuss health providers in Central Illinois. Ask for Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

When a lawyer represents you in Social Security disability cases the Social Security Administration controls the fees that can be charged. You can only be charged if you win your disability case. The fee is limited to 25% of back benefits or $5,300 whichever represents the lower amount. This means if you have back benefits that approach $30,000 or above then you pay no fees on this amount. Fees are also limited to back benefits. That is, only on benefits that accrue through the date of hearing. When you win, in most cases, you will also be entitled to a monthly check for the rest of your life. There are no attorneys fees on the monthly social security disability benefit check you receive for the rest of your life.

The system Social Security has set up is advantageous for you. You can have an attorney represent you in a disability case and you pay no up front fees, and you pay no fees on your lifetime benefits that may result in hundreds of thousands of dollars for you.

A lawyer is allowed to charge you separately for the costs of medical records and reports in addition to the fees.

Please feel free to call me, Dirk May, at 309-827-4371 to discuss how an experienced Social Security disability attorney can help you be prepared for one of the most important days of your life: your Social Security hearing.