Filing for SSI Benefits in Illinois

Are you unable to work because of disability or age? Do you need financial assistance to cover your basic needs? You might be eligible for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. And if you live in Illinois you might also qualify for state assistance programs. Find out what steps you must follow to file for SSI benefits in Illinois.

By |2023-01-13T11:47:23-06:00January 10th, 2023|Application process, Blog|Comments Off on Filing for SSI Benefits in Illinois

Applying for SSDI with a Temporary Disability

Although you cannot receive SSD benefits for partial disability, it is possible to qualify based on a temporary disability. For SSD purposes, “temporary disability” doesn’t mean a short-term disability – it means a disability or medical condition you are expected to eventually recover from. So long as the disability has lasted, or is expected to last, 12 months or more, you are eligible to apply for SSD benefits. Here’s what you need to know before deciding to apply.

By |2023-01-13T12:06:46-06:00December 2nd, 2022|Application process, Blog, Eligibility|Comments Off on Applying for SSDI with a Temporary Disability

Working Seasonally and Applying for SSD Benefits

A lot of people take seasonal jobs. Workers of various ages and abilities can earn extra money, get job experience or turn a temp job into a permanent position. If you are currently on SSD benefits, you need to be careful about taking a seasonal position. Watch our video to learn more.

By |2022-11-18T15:22:23-06:00November 4th, 2022|Application process, Blog|Comments Off on Working Seasonally and Applying for SSD Benefits

Explaining Work History on Your SSD Application for Benefits

One way the SSA evaluates whether your disability prevents you from working is by conducting a thorough examination of your work history. You submit work history information on the Work History Report. Here’s what the SSA is looking for, and how to complete the form to improve the chance your disability application is approved.

By |2022-10-27T13:14:21-05:00October 22nd, 2022|Application process, Blog, SSD|Comments Off on Explaining Work History on Your SSD Application for Benefits

The Importance of a Medical Source Statement to Your Social Security Disability Claim

A patient’s medical file is filled with labs, X-rays, MRIs, statements of diagnosis, treatment plans, detailed notes and a dozen other documents, all which support your medical condition and prove that you are disabled. So why does an attorney need a medical source statement to support your Social Security Disability (SSD) application? Watch our video to learn more.

By |2022-10-21T15:47:14-05:00October 18th, 2022|Application process, Blog, SSD|Comments Off on The Importance of a Medical Source Statement to Your Social Security Disability Claim

What Can You Expect After You Win Your SSD Case?

So you have received notice that you’ve won your SSD case and are entitled to social security disability benefits. Congratulations! Although the hard part is over, that doesn’t mean you no longer have to deal with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here is what you can expect after winning your SSD case.

By |2022-06-06T14:09:41-05:00May 27th, 2022|Application process, Blog, SSD|Comments Off on What Can You Expect After You Win Your SSD Case?

How Do I Win My SSDI Reconsideration?

Although there is only a 1 in 10 chance that you will win at reconsideration, it is a necessary step in the appeals process and, at the very least, sets the stage for an administrative hearing, where the approval rating increases to roughly 45%. Here are some steps you can take to increase the chance that you are the 1 in 10 who wins their SSDI reconsideration.

By |2022-05-24T16:13:03-05:00May 24th, 2022|Appeals, Application process, SSD|Comments Off on How Do I Win My SSDI Reconsideration?

Mental Health Disorders and Applying for SSD Benefits

The Social Security Administration(SSA) disability listings include 11 mental health conditions that are eligible for SSD benefits, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and anxiety. But it takes more than simply being diagnosed with a mental health disorder to be eligible for SSD benefits.

By |2022-06-06T13:56:56-05:00May 8th, 2022|Application process, Blog, Eligibility, SSD, Various diseases and conditions|Comments Off on Mental Health Disorders and Applying for SSD Benefits

The role of the ‘blue book’ in determining Social Security Disability eligibility

Do you know what the Social Security Blue Book is? Formally titled “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security,” it’s a list of disabilities that presumptively qualifies a claimant for disability benefits. Unfortunately, the Blue Book is often misleading and misunderstood by people who apply for SS benefits. Many people come to us under the impression that they will be automatically awarded benefits because their diagnosis is in the book, but this list is extremely nuanced and has extremely detailed requirements. To learn more, watch the short video.

By |2022-04-21T15:03:01-05:00April 15th, 2022|Application process, Blog, Eligibility, SSD|Comments Off on The role of the ‘blue book’ in determining Social Security Disability eligibility