SSI: A Crazy System

http://nytimes.com/2020/07/25/opinion/a-safety-net-thats-a-kafkaesque-mess.html

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Gives some good insight to how difficult it is to follow the rules and get SSI benefits. If you are attempting to get disability please call us at 309-827-4371 to get help.

Social Security still holding Disability Hearings

SSA is still holding disability hearings.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, hearings were either held in person or over a video screen.

Since social distancing has been required, SSA has made all hearings telephone only.

A claimant may decline the hearing, however there is no way to know how long it will take to reschedule your hearing if you decline the telephone hearing.

The drawback to the telephone hearing is that the Judge will not be able to see you. The Judge still reviews all medical records and hears your testimony.

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

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.

Preparing Your Social Security Disability Case

If you cannot work and need to file for Social Security Disability you must make sure that you have the foundation laid for your case.

First, going to the doctor and explaining your major conditions and limitations is mandatory.

Social Security relies on what is in your medical records.

Your testimony paints the picture, but what is in the medical records is the main part of your case.

An example is “my low back hurts most of the day and it is hard to stand more than 10 or 15 minutes at a time. I have to sit in a recliner with my feet up off and on throughout the day.”

Second, get prescriptions from your medical providers.

For example, do not just use a cane. Ask the doctor for a prescription for the cane. Then you can ask insurance to pay for the cane and it shows the doctor is acknowledging your need for an assistive device.

Third, ask the doctor to explain in writing how severe your symptoms are and how they may impact your daily activities.

Not all doctors will agree to do this. However, it is worth it to ask.

Fourth, get your xrays, MRIs, and testing done so that you have objective proof of your conditions.

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

How to Testify at Your Hearing

The key to testifying at any court hearing, whether it be Social Security Disability or Workers’ Compensation, is to be believable.

The Judge has to decide if you are making sense in light of the medical records, injury reports, and doctors’ testimony.

You will need to get an idea of the questions you will be asked at the hearing.

You should contact your attorney to discuss the areas of questioning and why the questions are being asked.

This will help you prepare for your court hearing.

Make sure to practice at home so you will be ready for big day.

People may error in the excess, such as testifying that they are always in pain and can do nothing at all. Others will testify that they are better than they really are and can do all kinds of activities.

Neither extremes are believable.

What the Judge wants to know is what happens on a typical day. You may also testify about what happens on bad days and better days. Be prepared to give an estimate of the number of bad and better days that you experience.

Additional witnesses or letters of support may also support your testimony.

Questions about how to make your case more believable? Feel free to contact Illinois Work injury and Social Security Disability attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.