The main part of your Social Security Disability hearing is the Judge asking you questions.

Always keep in mind that the Judge is trying to decide if you can work.

When she is asking what you do at home, she is weighing whether this translates into being able to work full time.

When she asks why you cannot work a sit down job, she is deciding whether it makes sense that you cannot do a simple job with limited lifting.

Remember that most jobs require you to be use your hands and fingers a majority of the day.

Remember that pain reduces the ability to concentrate.

Remember that if you miss more than 1 to 2 days a month you will not be able to keep your job.

The Judges questions are asked for a reason.

Your answers should explain how your problems limit your activities.

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


Social Security is complicated.

There are many rules and laws that can trip you up.

One is the Date of Last Insurance requirement.

You must work and pay into Social Security to be eligible for Social Security Disability.

If you were not in the work force, or worked in a job where they did not take out Social Security taxes then you cannot get Social Security Disability.

Some examples, are stay at home spouses, some State University employees, or you have a sporadic work record.

The basic rule is that you must have worked enough quarters in 5 of the last 10 years.

Your date of last insurance tells you the date before which you must prove disability.

For example, if your date of last insurance is December 31, 2011 and you are found disabled as of August 31, 2011 then you are entitled to your monthly Social Security Disability benefits.

If you are found disabled as of February 1, 2012, then you are not entitled to any Social Security Disability benefits.

Sounds harsh, but those are the rules.

Just another reason you should file as soon as possible for your Social Security Disability.

For those not eligible for Social Security Disability, you may still qualify for SSI.

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

People with cancer can be eligible for Social Security Disability.

Social Security will want to see the latest medical records from your treatments. It is also important to have information from your doctor addressing how your treatments will affect your daily activities, how long and what treatments will be needed, and your prognosis.

In Social Security you must be disabled for 12 months or expect to be disabled that long. Your doctor will have to provide an assessment for Social Security whether you will be disabled for more than 12 months.

Of course, there are many other things going on when you  have a disease such as cancer. Part of my job is to meet with your doctor and ask for the information that Social Security needs to find you disabled. 

Please feel free to call me, Attorney Dirk May, at 309-827-4371. 

Your Social Security Disability hearing is coming up soon. Are you nervous? Most likely. You do not know what to expect and the result is very important to you.

It is not like what you see on television. There is no big courtroom. There is no jury. The only people in the room are the judge, yourself, the vocational expert and the hearing room monitor(tapes the hearing).

In order to be more relaxed you need to know that the judge is going to ask you about your symptoms, your limitations, your daily activities, your work history, your education, your ability to do chores. The hearing is going to last from 40 to 50 minutes and you are going to have to ask the vocational expert questions. The judge will usually not decide your case on the spot. The judge will take from 30 to 60 days to issue a written decision in your case.

If you have any questions about what is going to happen at your Social Security Disability hearing please feel free to call me, Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.