What to Do When Social Security Denies Your Disability

Social Security has set a very complex system for deciding if people are disabled.

You must be very careful to follow all the rules or you may be penalized.

The initial level is the application for disability benefits.

If you are denied at this level you must appeal within 60 days.

Failure to appeal will require you to start all over again, and it will prevent you from obtaining any back benefits before the date of your denial.

If you are denied at the second level, then once again you will have 60 days to appeal.

Appealing at the second level gives you the right to a hearing before an administrative law judge.

The hearing is your first opportunity to have a conversation with the decision maker face to face, and convince the judge that you are disabled.

There are appeal rights after the Administrative Law Judge decision.

All your appeals are very important to you because they control your rights to future and back benefits.

It does not cost any upfront money to see an experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer.

Makes sure to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371 to guide you through the maze of Social Security Disability rules and procedures.

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Get up to date on the Social Security system. Make sure to contact us if you need to file for Social Security Disability. It is a very complicated process. No cost until you win.

Migraines and Social Security Disability

It can be difficult to prove that Migraines prevent you from working any job.

The problem is that Social Security cannot easily see the results of migraines.

For instance, if you have had back surgery MRIs will show the condition of your back.

Some brain diagnostic tests will show white matter that may be consistent with migraines, however there is no definitive test for migraines.

It does help to treat with a specialist for migraines, such as a neurologist or pain management specialist.

The specialist should provide a diagnosis of migraines and their severity.

A history of treatment including medications or botox treatment will be helpful.

It is also helpful to keep a simple journal of your migraines.

Mark the days you have them, how severe they are, and how long you are laid up.

The question Social Security will have is why can’t you work a full time job.

If the migraines will cause you to miss more than 2 days a month, then you will be unable to work.

If you will need unscheduled breaks through the work day, then you will be fired.

You must convince Social Security that you miss too many days and be off task too much during the work shift.

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

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Frequent migraines are often a cause of disability. If you miss more than 2 days of work per month due to migraines you may be eligible for Social Security Disability. Feel free to contact me to discuss.