Be Aware of New Social Security Disability Rules

I believe recent rule changes for Social Security Disability hearings make it more difficult for people who do not have a lawyer.

The rules provide that all evidence must be submitted 5 business days before the hearing or the Judge may exclude it.

There are some exceptions, however you must submit a letter before the 5 business days explaining why you do not have the records requested.

It really is a trap for the unwary and is especially burdensome for the unrepresented.

I do this type of work all the time and is difficult to keep up with the records and notify Social Security regarding status of the records.

People who are not represented through a lawyer have to make sure that they get all the records and submit them more than 5 business days before the hearing takes place.

Most people do not understand the rules, or how to get their records, or what is important to SSA.

You do not have to pay a lawyer upfront to represent you in a Social Security Disability case.

The attorney is only paid if you win the case; the fee is limited to 20 percent of the back benefits and capped.

There is no reason to go into these complicated cases against the government unrepresented.

If you are truly disabled, why lose a case only because you were not able to get important medical records.

Questions about the Social Security Disability process? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.


Answers sought after 78-year-old found dead in nursing home courtyard |

The long-term resident was found in an outdoor courtyard Saturday afternoon when the high temperature reached 87 degrees. Coroner Duane Northrup said she may have been outside for as long as three hours.

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Nursing facilities have a duty to care for the safety of its residents and to protect them from harm. Investigating the cause of death is important because if it is unrelated to being exposed to high temperatures, then no damages will be available. If a vulnerable resident was exposed to temperature extremes and this contributed to her death then a claim for wrongful death may  be pursued.

Get Help with Social Security Disability Before, During and After

It pays to get help at every stage of your Social Security Disability case.

An experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can help you put your best application together and make sure that you explain fully to Social Security why you are disabled.

Get help when you apply online. This is important because SSA looks at every answer you give during the application process.

Get help with every form that SSA sends to you. This is important because every question is asked for a reason and you need to understand why SSA is asking the question.

Get help with appealing every denial. You need to file timely appeals and provide the correct information or you may need to start over.

Get help getting ready for your hearing. You need to know what questions the Judge will ask you and why.

Get help following the rules. New Social Security  rules make it harder for a person to get all the necessary medical records before the Judge.

Get help if you are denied at a hearing. It is important to never give up and to keep trying.

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

Police officer in Jerseyville critically injured, burglary suspect killed in shootout | Law and order |

Injured Jerseyville officer is former St. Louis police officer.

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In Illinois, Police Officers injured on the job are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. This includes payment of medical expenses, off work pay at the rate of 66 percent of the weekly rate, and payment for the value of the injury based on a certain number of weeks per body part. Illinois does not have a schedule based on the type of injury. Each injury must be determined on its own with negotiation between the insurance company and the injured worker. Assaults against officers are included in work comp claims.

Social Security News: Why So Many No-Shows?

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I have noticed a more no shows in the hearing offices I frequent. People often do not understand that a lawyer only gets paid if you win your disability case. No reason to go in front of a judge by yourself. Make sure to talk with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer.