Social Security Disability Questions

Do all these questions from the Administrative Law Judge mean anything?

Every question the Social Security Judge asks is important.

Some are obviously important.

Others are more subtle.

For example, the questions about your daily activities and chores are important because they give the Judge an idea of what bothers you most and how you are limited.

This is not idle chatter no matter how friendly or disinterested the Judge may seem.

If you cannot do something or need to take breaks while doing performing a chore, make sure you explain it clearly to the Judge.

Judges may use your testimony to deny your Social Security Disability benefits.

Need to know more about what happens at a Social Security hearing? Feel free to call Illinois Social Security Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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Click above to read. The rest of the story. There are more Judges who deny high percentages of Social Security Disability cases, than those who approve high percentages of cases.

What if I Get Hurt on a Work Trip?

In Illinois, getting hurt on a Work trip is usually a covered injury.

This includes being hurt in Illinois or outside the State.

The test is whether you were involved a reasonably foreseeable activity.

Some examples:

In an accident while driving to the destination;

Falling in a restaurant;

Getting hit by a car while walking across a street;

Being mugged;

or drowning in a hotel pool.

What about engaging in some recreational activity like motorcycle riding, or horseback riding?

I think that there is an argument to be made that it is reasonable to expect that someone may be involved in some type of outside activity while on a work trip.

However, the farther you get away from work activity and the daily routine the more problems you may have proving your case.

Questions about your Work Comp case? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

How to Mess Up Your Social Security Disability Case

A Social Security Disability Case has a lot of paper work.

It is easy to do something that ruins your case while filling out the paper work.

You must be very careful.

One of the Social Security forms they have you fill out is called a Activity Report.

If you are not careful it can blow up your case.

The form asks you to explain your limitations and what activities you can perform.

For instance, if you tell Social Security that you can lift 40 pounds this can result in you losing your case.

If you tell them that you spend most of your day drinking beer this can mess up your case.

If you tell Social Security that you spend your days cleaning your house it can be used against you.

If you do not mark the boxes telling them that you have problems lifting, sitting, standing and walking it may be used against you.

The point is that you have to mindful of what you do at all stages of your Social Security case.

Many Administrative Law Judges will go through these forms to check your answers and may use them to deny your benefits.

Questions about what to look out for your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to call Illinois Social Security Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.