Social Security Disability

Was your SSD or SSI case denied by Social Security? Don’t give up!

Just because you received a letter from Social Security saying you aren’t disabled doesn’t mean your case is over. Talk to us!

Do I Qualify?

SSD & SSI Qualification Requirements

Hearing Information

Hearings are held in our office

F.A.Q.s

Frequently Asked Questions

Qualification Requirements

Unfortunately not everyone qualifies for SSD or SSI. This information should help you understand if you qualify.

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Do I qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD)?

There are two main requirements to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD). 


First, you must have worked long enough and paid enough into the Social Security System to be covered.

 

Second, you must be disabled. These requirements are confusing to most people. Our experienced attorneys can help you better understand whether you qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD).

Tax Information: Everyone understands when you work most jobs the government takes taxes from your check.  Most people understand that some of that money may go to Social Security and that if you work long enough you will be paid a monthly check for retirement. Most people do not understand how the disability aspect of Social Security works. 

 

Work Duration: Not only do you need to have worked long enough and paid enough into the Social Security System to be covered, you also must have paid those taxes recently enough to be covered or insured. Generally speaking a person is covered for 5 years once they stop working a full-time job and paying into Social Security. 

 

So, if you stop working due to your medical condition you should not delay filing for Social Security Disability because the time you have is limited.

 

Disabled Information: Whether a person is disabled under Social Security’s rules is confusing to most people. Even most doctors don’t know what Social Security requires for a person to be disabled. 

 

Doctor Information: Your doctor may have their own idea about what it means to be disabled but they typically don’t know Social Security’s definition. One of the important things our attorneys do is to help you understand what you need to prove your case. 

 

Another important thing our attorneys can do is to help your doctor better understand what is needed to prove your case.

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Do I qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is similar to Social Security Disability (SSD) but it is geared to help people that have little or no income and are disabled or elderly. 

 

The medical requirements for SSI and SSD are the same. If you are medically disabled for one you are medically disabled for the other.

 

So, if you aren’t covered for SSD because you haven’t paid enough into Social Security or you haven’t paid enough recently you still might be eligible for SSI.

If you are considered disabled then you have a SSD or SSI case

Hearing Information​

Do your Social Security Hearing right here in our office!

We do Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income hearings from our Danville office. We are recognized as a hearing site by the Social Security Administration. 

 

If you are denied disability on your application and again after appealing that denial you have the right to ask for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Most of those hearings are conducted by video. 

The judges servicing our area are located either in Peoria or Orland Park (near Chicago). 

 

There are video hearing sites at the Danville, Champaign, Decatur and Kankakee Social Security offices. In Springfield the hearings are conducted in the basement of the Federal building. 

 

None of those locations are as comfortable as our video hearing site in Danville. For many clients it isn’t practical to do their hearing in Danville, but for those people in West Central Indiana and East Central Illinois it is a much better place to do your hearing.

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