The odds are stacked against people who are seeking Social Security Disability.
This is because Social Security is running out of money and there is political pressure to deny more and more disability applicants.
So make sure that you do all you can to make your case as strong as possible.
One important thing to remember: what is in your medical records can really help your case.
When you go to the doctor or the nurse make sure that you take a piece of paper with you explaining your recent problems and how it effects you.
Hand it to them and politely ask them to make sure that it gets in your notes.
Do this every time you go to the doctor.
You do not have to tell them that you are trying for Social Security Disability.
For instance, the note may look something like this: my leg swells throughout the day and I have to elevate it above my waist for 20 minutes every hour, or my hands are numb and tingle when I have to use them more than a few minutes at a time and it causes me to drop things.
Doing this simple task for each doctor visit will really help your case.
Questions about Social Security Disability? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
August 1, 2016, marked the 60th anniversary of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956.
Source: Social Security: Providing disability benefits for 60 years
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Social Security Disability is available to anyone who paid in enough taxes to qualify. SSI or Supplemental Security Income is available to those who meet certain income and asset guidelines. You must prove that you medically qualify for both disability programs.
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One overlooked aspect of testifying in your disability or Workers’ Compensation case is being likeable.
Many cases are close cases. Meaning that in the Judge’s eyes a small piece of evidence can sway the Judge to deny or approve your case.
It often comes down to how you testify in court before the Judge.
The legal term is whether the witness is credible or believable.
The best way to influence a Judge favorably is to be polite and answer truthfully and in a way the paints the picture of your condition and limitations.
A witness who argues with a Judge, who is evasive, or gives confusing and long winded answers does not help himself.
Judge’s usually do not give witnesses like these the benefit of the doubt.
However, witnesses who treat a Judge with respect, who answer in a straight forward manner and explain what happens to them in a reasonable manner will find that Judge’s will overlook some weaknesses in their case.
It is only human nature that a Judge will find it easier to side with a polite witness who testifies with a ring of truth.
Above all, do not give the Judge a reason to find against you. Instead, make it difficult for the Judge to rule against you.
Questions about your Social Security Disability or Workers’ Compensation case? Feel free to call Illinois Social Security Disability and Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
What is found in your medical records will make or break your Social Security Disability case or Illinois Workers’ Compensation case.
The Judge will give great weight to what the doctor or nurse writes in your records.
If you tell the Judge that the doctor got it wrong, you will lose because the Judge almost always believes what the doctor puts in your medical records.
It is the job of the doctor or nurse to write an accurate description of what they observe and what the patient tells them.
The Judge believes that what you tell the doctor near the time of the injury is closer to the truth than what you testify to at trial.
Make sure that you explain clearly to the medical provider how your accident happened and what parts of your body you injured.
You should also explain how it hurts you, how often it hurts, how long it hurts and how it limits you.
For instance, if you need to elevate your leg for 15 minutes every 2 hours because your knee swells make sure that you tell the doctor.
One idea is that you should write down the key information before your doctor appointment, and give a copy to your doctor and nurse so it is fresh in their mind and they will not misunderstand you.
Questions about your disability or work comp case? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.