Unable to Work? Apply for Social Security Disability

Make sure to apply for Social Security Disability benefits if you can no longer work.

Delay may prevent you from getting the benefits you need.

Call Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371 to guide you through the filing process.

SSI Applicants Face Big Problems 


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Very hard to get in contact with SSA offices and some strange procedures keep people from getting their cases started.

See a Social Security Disability lawyer to help you out.

SSI: A Crazy System


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Gives some good insight to how difficult it is to follow the rules and get SSI benefits. If you are attempting to get disability please call us at 309-827-4371 to get help.

Social Security still holding Disability Hearings

SSA is still holding disability hearings.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, hearings were either held in person or over a video screen.

Since social distancing has been required, SSA has made all hearings telephone only.

A claimant may decline the hearing, however there is no way to know how long it will take to reschedule your hearing if you decline the telephone hearing.

The drawback to the telephone hearing is that the Judge will not be able to see you. The Judge still reviews all medical records and hears your testimony.

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

What is the difference between SSDI and SSI?

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.