March 2016

Why So Many Americans Get Turned Down for Disability

Social security lawyer chicagoThe Social Security Disability Insurance program was established in 1956 as a way to provide monetary assistance to American workers who were no longer able to perform substantial gainful activities (work) due to injury, illness or another disabling medical condition. For many disabled individuals and their families, the modest benefit payments provided by the program are the only lifelines available. Unfortunately, millions of disabled Americans are never approved for the benefits they deserve, and instead they often must struggle to survive. […]

Recent Ruling to Change the Way Disability Claimants Are Evaluated

Disability attorney chicagoA remarkable change in the way disability claimants are evaluated will likely have a significant impact on a large number of Social Security Disability claims that are filed each year. Effective as of 03/16/2016, a disabled worker’s credibility is no longer to be considered when evaluating the claimant’s symptoms. While the change may not initially appear to be significant, it is important for disabled individuals to realize that when a claim is denied at the hearing level, the standard decision by an administrative law judge (ALJ) is almost always based on the credibility of the claimant. […]

Americans are Living Longer, but in Poorer Health. What this Means for Social Security.

Chicago Social SecurityAs new medical technologies make their way into widespread use, people are living longer.Unfortunately, many who benefit from
these advances find themselves dealing with a long-term disability,often before retirement age. This could lead to changes in policy and the way that social security disability programs work.