What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

In order to get Social Security Disability you must have worked and paid enough into Social Security to get your disability.

Current rules require enough paid in credits for 5 of the last 10 years.

Some examples of problems qualifying for SSDI are people who have been out the work force for a number of years, self-employment, or working for a school district or university that does not pay into Social Security.

The advantage of SSDI is that you are typically paid more money per month than SSI, there are no limits on the assets you can possess, and you can work part time up to a set amount without penalty.

You should apply for Social Security Disability as soon as you determine you can no longer work. This will prevent you from missing out on important SSDI benefits because you waited too long to file.

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

Disability Denials: Congressman wants investigation


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Social Security hires doctors to review a large number of people applying for disability. The quality of the reviews was the subject of a newspaper investigative report in Tennessee. This happens in every state.

Doctor letters for Your Social Security Disability

Ask your doctor if she is willing to write a letter that you may use in your Social Security Disability case.

Some doctors are willing to help out if they know what to write.

A general letter with the conclusion that you are disabled will be ignored and will not help.

The Judge is interested in the severity of your symptoms and how they interfere with your daily activities.

For instance, do your headaches occur once a week and you have to lay down for 3 to 4 hours at a time? Are your medications reducing the frequency of your headaches but not eliminating them?

Will your condition cause you to need to take multiple breaks throughout the day on a regular basis?

Do you need to elevate your legs waist height and above for several hours throughout the day?

Ask the doctor to include your specific limitations in your letter.

The medical records must support what your doctor writes so make sure that you keep your doctor and nurses informed on your ongoing problems and limitations.

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