Social Security Disability Benefits

70% of Initial Social Security Disability Claims are Denied: What Now?

Every year, millions of Americans apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies 70 percent of initial claims. Forms of Social Security benefits There are two forms of Social Security benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to an individual if they are “insured,” that is, if the person Read More

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

As new medical technologies make their way into widespread use, people are living longer.Unfortunately, many who benefit fromthese 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. Evidence of Increased Disability Rates One study by the University of Read More

Chicago Celebrates ADA 25th with Increased Access

The 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is being marked in Chicago by an effort to increase access to museums and other cultural venues for disabled people. The “25 for 25” initiative, which aimed to entice 25 cultural venues to become more accessible to those with disabilities, was envisioned by Chicago Cultural Read More

The Disability Insurance Bailout

Congress has been debating over the issue of disability insurance reform for decades now, but instead of developing a solution that offers meaningful reform, they continuously reallocate funds from other government programs, such as Social Security. In Fact, a budget deal that was just recently decided is set to borrow approximately $150 billion from the Read More

Bi-Partisan Budget Act Extends Social Security Benefits

A new bill, negotiated between Congress and the White House was recently released. This bill is important for recipients of benefits from two major federal programs, Medicare and Social Security. It is particularly relevant for those who receive Social Security Disability Insurance. What is SSDI? Social Security Disability Insurance was not part of the original Read More

What is Residual Functional Capacity and How Does It Affect your SSD Case?

Anyone that is applying for social security disability payments is going to be evaluated by a claims examiner at the DDS (Disability Determination Services). The evaluation performed by the claims examiner will include a residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment that is performed by a medical or psychological consultant at the DDS. This RFC assessment helps Read More

Working and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

As with any government benefit program, there are many myths surrounding social security disability insurance. One of the most common misconceptions is that recipients of disability benefits are not allowed to work. While a high-paying full-time position is out of the question for a disability benefit recipient, working part-time might still be an option. SSDI Read More

Can I receive SSD if I have been diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis?

Claiming arthritis with disability lawyers in Chicago Inflammatory arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks healthy joint tissue. This disease typically causes swelling, stiffness and pain. As most disability lawyers in Chicago understand, inflammatory arthritis is a common cause of adult disability. This disease can severely limit a person’s ability to work and perform other Read More

Once you are approved for benefits, when will you start receiving checks?

Projecting SSD payment dates with a Social Security attorney The Social Security Disability claim evaluation process can be lengthy. As a result, once a claim is approved, many applicants in Illinois want to know when they will start receiving benefits. The date that benefits begin can vary significantly between applicants, as any Social Security attorney Read More

Brain injury victims may suffer subdural hematomas

Common injuries with serious complications Subdural hematoma is bleeding on the surface of the brain that develops after trauma. When this condition is chronic, blood can gradually accumulate and cause complications such as muscle weakness or cognitive impairment, according to Forbes. These effects may be highly debilitating, as most disability attorneys in Chicago would agree. Read More