I lost everything waiting for disability assistance. And I’m not the only one. – The Washington Post

Source: I lost everything waiting for disability assistance. And I’m not the only one. – The Washington Post

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You better believe it. You have to wait years to get your day in court and then four or five months to get the written decision. Not enough workers to get the cases before the judge in a timely manner.

Things Not to Do in Your Social Security Hearing

Sometimes you wonder what people are thinking.

Social Security Disability is not a simple process.

There are numerous laws, rules and procedures that are complex and baffling to even those who work with Social Security on a daily basis.

Why would you decide to represent yourself?

You are risking benefits that may be paid to you for the rest of your lifetime.

This could easily top a total of $300,000 depending on your life expectancy.

Every so often I will see clients who come into my office after being denied at a hearing without a lawyer representing them.

There are many mistakes and traps that these people fall into.

Even though the Judges are not inherently biased against unrepresented people, I think there are some subtle problems.

No one is watching the Judge to protect against mistakes, or failure to follow the rules, or to ask important questions of you or the vocational consultant.

You need to know what type of questions the Judge will ask and why.

You need to understand what you must prove to win your case.

You need to know what medical records to produce.

You need to understand why the vocational consultant is testifying and what you need to do to turn the testimony to your advantage.

The bottom line is that a lawyer only gets paid if they win your case for you.

The most the lawyer can ever get paid is $6,000.

This is a small amount to pay for lifetime benefits and Medicare benefits.

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

Social Security disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist – The Denver Post

More than 1 million Americans await a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait nearly two years — longer than some of them will …

Source: Social Security disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist – The Denver Post

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Horrible situation. It is overwhelming to have to wait for over 2 years to get a decision in your disability case. If you cannot work, then what are you supposed to do?

Highlights of Illinois Townships Meeting Re SSI and Social Security Disability.

It was fun speaking today in Bloomington, Illinois to Illinois township caseworkers and officials.

The focus was on what Social Security is looking for in determining whether a person is disabled.

Some of the highlights:

Make sure to have copies of selected records sent in with your application.

For instance, xray or MRI reports; prescriptions for canes or walkers; disability placard forms for parking places; or doctor letters explaining the severity of your condition.

Keep track of all your medical providers.

Keep a journal of your symptoms and limitations.

Keep your caseworker and attorney updated on what is happening with your medical conditions and treatment.

Recent changes in SSI and Social Security Disability rules make it important to get a lawyer so that you can submit all your important records in a timely fashion, and to build a strong case from the beginning.

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

 

Study of Homeless Finds Women at Disadvantage for Accessing Disability Benefits | NC State News | NC State University

Source: Study of Homeless Finds Women at Disadvantage for Accessing Disability Benefits | NC State News | NC State University

Makes sense that access to medical treatment and the applicable records help with the case because Social Security Disability is all about proving your medical condition keeps you from working.