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.


There are reports that the proposed Federal Budget for this fiscal year will allow Social Security to hire an additional 5,000 to 6,000 workers by the end of the year.

This would allow a large number of workers to assist with more Social Security Disability cases, if they were assigned to the appropriate sections.

However, it takes time to hire the workers and train them and start them working.

This means that cases backlogs and delays will not automatically go away. The other factor is that more cases may be filed than in the past because of the bad economy and a larger number of people filing disability claims.

The bottom line is that the wait for Social Security Disability hearings will continue to be anywhere from two to three years for the near term.

Questions or comments about delays and what can be done? Call Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Let’s put it this way, there is much more chance that the Obama administration will pay attention to Social Security Disability and try to improve the waiting periods for a Social Security Disability hearing than if this was the McCain administration.

It is much more likely that people in the Obama administration have closer ties with some of the groups advocating for people with disabilities and some of the legal groups who represent people with disabilities. 

There is also the matter of the same party being in control of the legislative and executive branches, and congress having to listen to constant complaints from constituents who cannot get a hearing.

The problem is that an overhaul of Social Security will take much money and a lot more employees. That would create jobs, but it is not exactly the type of stimulus being discussed in Washington.

If you have a history of seizure disorders you can be found disabled by Social Security.

The most important thing is to have your doctors document the seizures. You must tell the doctor about specific times and symptoms.

If you can go the emergency room or hospital you should do so. This will help document the seizures.

You should also keep a record of when you have a seizure, how long it lasts and what happens after the seizure.

Witnesses are also important. They should keep a record of what they observe.

If you have seizures on a consistent basis, they will keep you from working and you should be found disabled. The most important factor is to prove that the seizures are happening and they are interfering with your daily activities.