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One of the more straight forward explanations of Medicaid expansion. It is set to start January 1, 2014. This is important for people without health insurance who are seeking disability because it will provide another avenue for treatment. Illinois is a State that is participating in the expansion of Medicaid.

Doctors can be a big help in your Social Security Disability case.

There are no guarantees, of course, even if your doctor is in your corner, but it is certainly worth a try.

I have seen Administrative Law Judges who ignore what the doctor says.

The Judge will write something like the doctor’s opinion does not match what is in the medical records.

Some doctors are reluctant to get involved in writing a note, a letter, or filling out paper work.

The doctors may misunderstand the process.

They will not be dragged into court to testify.

And only rarely will the Judge seek follow up information from the Doctor.

The best way to approach the doctor is humbly and honestly.

No one likes to feel manipulated.

So make sure you do not overstate your symptoms and limitations, but do not gloss over your problems either.
If you tell the doctor that everything is fine, then do not expect the doctor to put in your medical records or a letter that you are having problems.

It is not necessary to tell the doctor that you are seeking Social Security Disability. Some Judges will use this against you and make it sound like you are a malingerer, one who is faking her illness.

The best approach may be to tell the doctor at each visit how your daily activities are affected. Such as I have to elevate my legs three times a day for 30 minutes each time to deal with my knees swelling.

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

Social Security Disability is all about proving that you are disabled with your medical records.

This means you should have proof of your problems and limitations through your doctor and hospital visits.

Just telling the Social Security Judge that you are in pain and cannot work is not enough to win your case.

Think of it from the Administrative Law Judge’s point of view:

Someone comes to you and tells you that that their back hurts and keeps them from walking and standing except for short periods during the day, but they only have records from their doctor showing they came for appointments 2 times during the year and complained on some low back pain but did not mention problems walking and standing. They also have no back xrays or MRI.

What would you think? Probably not very strong proof of problems is it.

It makes sense that if you truly have problems that you will go to the doctor often and complain about your pain and limitations.

The take away is that you should go to the doctor every couple of months and describe in detail your problems and limitations.

This does not mean that you tell your doctor that you are disabled and want to get on Social Security disability. These are just words to a Social Security Judge. What really makes a difference is what symptoms you have and how it impacts your daily life.

I know this is not easy.

Many people have problems paying for medical treatment.

But if you are disabled and need Social Security Disability you will have to see the doctor and tell the doctor about your problems. There really is no shortcut.

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

The simplest way to look at work and Social Security Disability is to keep in mind that if make more than $1,000 a month gross, then you are not disabled.

This is because Social Security rules provide that you are not disabled, no matter what disease or illness you have, if earn over a certain amount.

Remember that gross earnings are what earn before anything is taken out of your pay check.

Some Administrative Law Judges will hold part-time work against you.

They think that if you can work part-time then you can work full time.

Other Administrative Law Judges will give you credit for trying to work.

Some ways to turn part-time work to your advantage in your Social Security Disability case is to show that your work is not up to par or as good as others.

This might be done by asking your employer to give you an attendance print out to show that you miss a lot of work if this is the case.

Or you might ask your supervisor to complete a form showing you have reduced productivity on the job, or need special accommodations such as additional help from your co-workers or supervisor.

This will give evidence that you do not have the ability to perform in a competitive work environment.

Keep in mind that you will need medical records to support the physical and mental limitations you have that reduce your ability to work at full capacity. Examples may be multiple sclerosis, autism, back injuries, hand and arm surgeries, mental illness or complications from diabetes.

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

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Yes, it is true. You must report income you receive to Social Security. You may earn some part-time income if you receive Social Security Disability benefits.

Having your doctor on your side for your Social Security Disability case certainly does not hurt.

However, there are no guarantees that the Judge will agree with your doctor.

Social Security rules provide that the Judge is the ultimate decision maker regarding whether you are disabled.

A doctor who writes a letter saying that Mrs. Smith is disabled and cannot work will most likely not help her case.

The doctor will need to explain what symptoms you experience and how it limits you.

The doctor’s records will also have to back up what she writes in the letter.

I have seen some Judges who will pick apart a doctor’s letter and complain that the records do not support what they are saying in the letter, or that the doctor is relying on the patient’s subjective complaints and not any objective findings.

It is important to consistently report to your doctor the problems and limitations you experience. This should be done at each visit.

If you need an xray or other test to support this, then you may need to ask for them.

Examples are telling your doctor that your hands are numb and tingle most of the time, and that you drop plates and glasses several times a week.

The other problem you may face are that doctors are reluctant to fill out forms or write letters for you.

You should cultivate the relationship from the beginning.

Explain your circumstances to your doctor. Such as your health has deteriorated, that you have worked hard all your life and that you will need some assistance in explaining your situation to Social Security. It will not be a time consuming ordeal for the doctor. A one page letter or short form will be all that is needed.

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

If you have diabetes are you automatically eligible for Social Security Disability?

Nothing is automatic with Social Security Disability.

You must apply for disability and you must show that your limitations keep you from working.

With diabetes you must prove that you are compliant.

This means that you are taking your medications and following the doctor’s orders regarding your diet and other recommendations.

Some of the problems that result from diabetes include neuropathy.

This means numbness and pain in the nerves in the hands and feet.

If you have neuropathy in the feet but not the hands and are under 50 years of age, then you may not be considered disabled.

The reason is that if you can some type of job then Social Security rules provide that you are not disabled.

Often a problem with the feet alone will confine you to a sit down job but not stop you from working completely.

If you are over the age of 50 years and are limited to a sit down job then you may be found disabled.

If your diabetes is severe and causes neuropathy in the hands and feet, then you have a very good chance of being found disabled no matter what your age.

This is because most sit down jobs require frequent use of the hands.

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