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Social Security will often use drug and alcohol abuse as a reason to deny people disability benefits. Evidence of treatment can be used to prevent this from happening. Make sure that you see a doctor or go to a treatment facility to help your case.
Social Security Disability benefits are difficult to get and it takes a long time.
In Illinois, after you apply it will take approximately 5 months for a review and decision.
If you are denied, then you must appeal and it will take another 5 months for a reconsideration of your application.
If you are denied at this level, you will have to file a request for a hearing.
It is taking 14 to 16 months to get a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
Once you have the hearing it has been taking 2 to 5 months to receive the written decision from the Judge.
As you can see the wait time is extreme and very difficult on disability applicants.
Social Security explains that the long wait times are due to a large number of applicants and not enough staff to process the cases.
To be proactive you should file your case as soon as think you are unable to work and make sure to get to your doctor for appropriate tests and treatment.
This will provide objective medical evidence of your condition and possible limitations of your functioning.
Questions about how to make your case stand out from the large number of applications? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
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The rule is that you may receive Social Security Benefits and earn just over $1000 a month for part time work. Reporting your earnings to SSA will protect you from criminal charges.
The State of Illinois has approximately 3 to 4 percent of its population in current pay for Social Security Disability benefits.
That ranks in the lower range in comparison to the other states.
Disability applicants are sent to different hearing offices throughout Illinois.
The approval rates from the hearing offices differ.
The highest approval rates are find in the Oak Brook office at 56 percent.
Evanston is next at 53 percent.
Peoria is the lowest at 40 percent.
Peoria covers central Illinois.
As you can see it makes a difference where you live and where your case is assigned.
You need to make sure that you present a strong case to the Judge to increase your odds.
This means going to your doctors and explaining your major problems and limitations.
Ask for prescriptions for canes, walkers, or braces that are needed.
Make sure to ask for the doctor’s office to complete disability placard forms and any notes describing your limitations.
Remember that it does not cost to get a Social Security lawyer to help you. You only pay if you win money.
Questions about how to make your case for disability? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.