The combination of a work injury and a Social Security Disability filing makes for a complicated situation.
A workers’ compensation award or settlement has the potential to reduce or wipe out your Social Security Disability benefits if you are not careful.
This may result because the Federal Government has written the law in such a way as to offset disability benefits when you receive Workers’ Compensation.
The government allows you to write settlement contracts in a way that is favorable to you. However, you must follow the rules or you will be penalized.
Do not settle a Workers’ Compensation claim without it being examined thoroughly by an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer.
Questions about your Work Injury case and Social Security Disability claim? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Injury and Social Security Disability Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Whether you have a work injury case or a Social Security Disability case the medical records will tell the tale of whether you win or lose.
The Arbitrator or Judge will examine the medical records closely to determine how you were hurt, what injuries you sustained, your medical treatment, how your injuries limit your activities.
Make sure that your medical records accurately reflect the reality of your injury and your condition.
Tell the doctor and nurses if you were hurt at work and how it happened.
Tell the medical providers all the body parts that are injured
Tell your doctors how you hurt now and how it bothers your lifting, walking, standing, or use of your hands and arms.
Do you need to elevate your legs throughout the day? Tell the doctor.
Do you need a cane or brace? Tell the doctor.
Make sure that your medical records help your case, not hurt it.
Questions about your Work Injury or Social Security Disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorney at 309-827-4371.
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.
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Social Security hires doctors to review a large number of people applying for disability. The quality of the reviews was the subject of a newspaper investigative report in Tennessee. This happens in every state.
Ask your doctor if she is willing to write a letter that you may use in your Social Security Disability case.
Some doctors are willing to help out if they know what to write.
A general letter with the conclusion that you are disabled will be ignored and will not help.
The Judge is interested in the severity of your symptoms and how they interfere with your daily activities.
For instance, do your headaches occur once a week and you have to lay down for 3 to 4 hours at a time? Are your medications reducing the frequency of your headaches but not eliminating them?
Will your condition cause you to need to take multiple breaks throughout the day on a regular basis?
Do you need to elevate your legs waist height and above for several hours throughout the day?
Ask the doctor to include your specific limitations in your letter.
The medical records must support what your doctor writes so make sure that you keep your doctor and nurses informed on your ongoing problems and limitations.
Questions about your Social Security Disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.