The State of Disability in Illinois

The State of Illinois has approximately 3 to 4 percent of its population in current pay for Social Security Disability benefits.

That ranks in the lower range in comparison to the other states.

Disability applicants are sent to different hearing offices throughout Illinois.

The approval rates from the hearing offices differ.

The highest approval rates are find in the Oak Brook office at 56 percent.

Evanston is next at 53 percent.

Peoria is the lowest at 40 percent.

Peoria covers central Illinois.

As you can see it makes a difference where you live and where your case is assigned.

You need to make sure that you present a strong case to the Judge to increase your odds.

This means going to your doctors and explaining your major problems and limitations.

Ask for prescriptions for canes, walkers, or braces that are needed.

Make sure to ask for the doctor’s office to complete disability placard forms and any notes describing your limitations.

Remember that it does not cost to get a Social Security lawyer to help you. You only pay if you win money.

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

Your Injury Case- What the Judge Sees

Whether it be a work injury, motor vehicle injury case, or Social Security Disability case, you want to make sure the Judge thinks favorably of you and your case.

Remember the Judge sees a large number of cases.

This means the Judge will have a sample size from which she compares with your case.

Make sure your case stands out in the right way, and influences the Judge to rule in your favor.

The Judge will be looking at your work history, the doctor’s notes, medical treatment, complaints of pain and physical and mental limitations.

A good work history indicates a willingness to work when able.

Doctor notes containing a clear history of your injury supports your testimony regarding how you were hurt and what body parts were injured.

Compliance with medical treatment shows that you are doing everything you can to get better.

Avoiding alcohol and drug abuse shows that your problems are related to your injuries and not substance abuse.

Complaints of pain and restrictions in your medical records supports your testimony at trial regarding pain and suffering.

Being polite and forthright in testimony before the Judge gives her impression that you can be trusted and are serious about your claim.

The idea is to make it easy for the Judge to empathize with you and want to help you.

Questions about your case? Feel free to contact Illinois injury and disability lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

What Dealing with Social Security is Like

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It takes a lot of time and patience to work with Social Security. There are many moving parts, and not enough people to perform the tasks necessary to reduce the case backlog and speed up disability payments.

2017 End of the Year Tip for Your Injury Case

Some quick tips to remember that will help your injury case.

Sooner is better than later.

Make sure to report your injury sooner rather later.

Make sure to file your case sooner rather later.

Make sure to go to the doctor sooner rather later.

Make sure to get your medical treatment sooner rather later.

The longer you wait the worse it gets.

The insurance company, Social Security, and the Judge become suspicious if you wait to long to report your injury, to go to the doctor, or to comply with medical advice.

You can lose benefits if you wait too long to file your Social Security Disability application.

Get help with what to do in your injury case sooner rather than later. Feel free to contact Illinois injury Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.