I have seen many people testify in Social Security Disability, injury cases, and Work Comp cases.
It is a nerve wracking experience for most people.
Here is the best way to approach this important moment for you and your case.
Remember that the Judge is a person just like you are.
You are inclined to help someone who is polite, nice and honest.
Make it easy for the Judge to want to help you.
So be sure to be early for your hearing.
Wear clean clothes. They do not have to be fancy but be presentable.
Answer questions in a believable and friendly way. Do not fight or argue with the Judge.
Give the Judge a picture of how your daily activities are impacted as a result of your injury.
You can do certain things, however be ready to explain your limitations and how your condition has changed you since the injury.
Remember if give the Judge all the reasons to like you the trial will go much smoother for you.
Questions about your injury case? Feel free to contact Illinois injury and Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Source: Wait times for Social Security benefit appeals leave people in limbo
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It takes a very long time to get a hearing if you are denied benefits at the first two levels. It takes another 16 to 18 months to get a hearing, and over one year to hear from the Appeals Council if you lose at the hearing. I do not understand how people do it.
Working together with your lawyer really does improve the value of your case.
The reason is that you know better than anyone what has happened to you and how it is effecting your daily life, and your lawyer knows the law and how it applies to your situation.
Blending the facts and the law together is what makes your case powerful and convinces the Judge that you should be awarded maximum value according to the law.
Your part of the team work is to keep the lawyer informed of your medical bills, medical treatment, and what the doctors are telling you about your condition.
The lawyer’s role is to explain what will best convince the Judge of your disability, limitations, and permanent restrictions.
Make sure to keep in frequent contact with your lawyer so you may discuss different approaches and ideas.
It is very important to keep up with your doctor visits and constantly inform your doctor of your problems and limitations.
Make sure that you ask the doctor for prescriptions for assistive devices such as braces, canes, walkers or aids such as disability parking placards.
Your lawyer will want to discuss with you what types of questions will be asked at the trial or hearing well ahead of time so you can prepare.
Questions about how to improve your team work? Feel free to contact Illinois work injury and Social Security Disability lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Using a lawyer can be frightening.
Most people will possibly use a lawyer once or twice in their lifetime.
There are many misconceptions about lawyers.
Such as they are too expensive for the typical person.
They are mean.
You can do it on your own.
In work injury, personal injury and Social Security Disability cases a lawyer only gets paid if you win.
There are no hourly fees and no upfront fees.
The lawyer gets paid a percentage of the award at the end of the case.
Your lawyer works in partnership with you to present your best case and win as much money as is allowed pursuant to the law.
The lawyer wants to win for you so there is no reason to be afraid.
The other side, the insurance company, has a number of lawyers helping it and giving it advice to protect its interests. So should you.
A lawyer has a large amount of experience in dealing with insurance companies, judges and other lawyers.
The lawyer knows what to expect and what you need to prove to win your case.
Make sure that you get an experienced lawyer on your side.
Feel free to contact Illinois injury lawyer and Social Security Disability lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
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.