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Chicago Social Security Disability Lawyer
Is it difficult to obtain Social Security disability benefits in Chicago and Northeast Illinois? Our Chicago Social Security Disability Lawyer can help.
Our Chicago Social Security Disability Lawyers know that roughly two-thirds of those who file Social Security disability applications nationally are denied. Chicago and Northeast Illinois residents are equally likely to receive denials. However, the odds are materially better if you appeal. Over half of Social Security disability claimants, both in Chicago and nationally, will ultimately be awarded disability benefits.
Are you likely to win disability benefits?
When evaluating your disability claim, the Social Security Administration will look at your ability to work, recent jobs, education, and age. It uses a five-step approach to assessing your disability claim. The Social Security Administration calls this the sequential evaluation process, which our Chicago Social Security Disability Lawyers summarize immediately below. Note that the words in quotes have special meaning to the Social Security Administration.
1. Are you working? If you are doing “substantial gainful activity,” the Social Security Administration will find you not disabled. Substantial gainful activity means work that pays $1,310.00 per month as of 2021 or more and involves more than minimal duties.
2. How is your mental and physical health? Do you have a “severe” impairment? An impairment or combination of impairments is considered severe by the Social Security Administration if it significantly limits your physical or mental ability to do basic work activities like dealing with changes in a routine work setting; walking, standing, sitting, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, carrying, and handling; seeing, hearing, and speaking; understanding, carrying out, and remembering simple instructions; use of judgment; and responding appropriately to supervision, co-workers, and usual work situations.
3. Do you meet a listed impairment? The Social Security Administration will find you disabled if your impairment (a) meets or “equals” one of the impairments described in the Social Security regulations known as the Listing of Impairments and (b) has lasted or is expected to last more than 12 months.
4. What were your last jobs? You will not be found disabled if you can still do your “past relevant work.” So you must prove that you are incapable of doing any work that you have performed in the last 15 years. When making its determination, the Social Security Administration will compare your current ability to work to the physical and mental demands of your easiest job.
5. What other work can you do? If you can perform other work that exists in significant numbers in the economy, then you will be found not disabled. This step considers your work experience, education, remaining work capacity, and age. The older you are, the easier it is to be found disabled.
What really counts in Chicago Social Security disability cases.
Do you feel you are unable to work? If so, you should apply for disability and appeal any denial. Whatever stage your claim is currently in, our Chicago Social Security Disability Lawyers am available to help. We have assisted thousands of claimants since 1992, providing personal attention to every client and every claim. We handle all types of impairments, including:
|— Arthritis or joint damage||— Lupus|
|— Back injuries||— Mental impairments|
|— Chronic fatigue syndrome||— Parkinson’s Disease|
|— Depression||— Reflex sympathetic dystrophy|
|— Diabetes||— Scleroderma|
|— Dizziness||— Seizures|
|— Fibromyalgia||— Stroke|
|— Heart disease||— Vision impairment|
|— Lung impairment||— And many more|
Whatever your impairment, we will evaluate your claim without charge or obligation. To obtain my assessment, complete the form to the right and our Chicago Social Security Disability Lawyers will respond promptly.
We accept Social Security disability claims at all levels. If you have not yet applied, we will file your application for you. If you have been denied, our Chicago Social Security Disability Lawyers will file your appeal. If your hearing is approaching, wewill assemble the evidence, prepare you and the witnesses, and represent you at the hearing.
We hope to have the opportunity to help you with your claim.
Roger S. Hutchison
Chicago Social Security Disability Lawyer
“Working hard for those who have worked hard!”
16860 South Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, Illinois 60477
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