Social Security Attorney in Chicago, IL
Do I really need a lawyer?
Yes, ignorance of the law is no excuse and it does not help win your case. There are hundreds of rules and regulations related to disability. A skilled lawyer knows the rules and how to utilize them to help you.
How can I afford a lawyer if I am not working?
There are no upfront or hourly charges. We only get paid if we win. Our legal fees are limited by federal law to 25% of the “past due benefits” owed to you and your family or $6000 whichever is less.
Am I eligible for disability benefits?
If you are unable to work (either your past work, or in some cases, other less strenuous work) because of a severe medical impairment expected to last at least 12 consecutive months or to result in death, you can qualify for disability benefits.
Do I have to apply for disability benefits on my own before I could get a lawyer?
No, we can help you apply. The application process is lengthy and the answers that you provide are very important. But, if you have already applied feel free to contact us we can help you at any stage of the process.
Do I have to wait a year before I apply?
No, you can apply when you stopped working. It is in your interest to apply as soon as possible because the process can take many months.
Can I still win my case even if I have been denied already?
Yes, most claims are denied at the initial and reconsideration stages of the disability process. But once your claim gets to the hearing stage (when you get your first chance to see a live person who has seen all your medical records) we can have the greatest impact on convincing the Social Security Administration’s administrative law judge (ALJ)that you are disabled.
I have heard that it is harder to prove you are disabled if you are under the age of 50, is that true?
It can be. Once again, there are many rules and regulations that impact the Social Security Administration’s decision-making process. Age does matter in many circumstances. But, depending on your situation your claim can be approved regardless of your age.
Helpful information from Social Security