If you have a medical condition that prevents you from working, Social Security benefits can be a lifeline in terms of providing the financial compensation you need to meet your monthly expenses. Unfortunately, applying for benefits and getting your claim approved can be a complicated process, and failing to follow the proper procedures can end up in your claim being delayed or denied.
At Tuite Law, our experienced Illinois Social Security disability attorneys know how important these benefits are to being able to provide for yourself. We also know how frustrating and confusing the application and approval process is. We have the experience and knowledge you need to help guide you through this process, providing the professional legal representation necessary to get the benefits you are entitled to.
Getting the Social Security Benefits You Deserve
The Social Security Administration (SSA) states that as many as one out of every four workers will become disabled before reaching retirement age. When accidents, injuries, and illnesses prevent you from working, you may be entitled to Social Security benefits, if your condition is expected to last for a year or more or is one that is will eventually result in your death. This includes conditions that affect your breathing, circulation, muscular system or heart functions, congenital and neurological conditions, as well as certain mental disorders. Information you will need to submit to the SSA to prove your eligibility for benefits includes the following:
- Contact information for all of your medical providers, including doctors, hospitals, and caseworkers;
- Medical records and lab and test results;
- Names and dosage amounts for any medications you are prescribed;
- Summaries of where you worked and the type of work you performed;
- Copies of your most recent W-2s or your federal tax return, if you are self-employed.
How Disability Benefits Are Decided
Once your application is submitted, along with the appropriate documents and records, a decision will be under guidelines established by Social Security Act regulations (SSR). Following a sequential evaluation process, your claim will be decided based on the answers to the following questions:
- Has the person applying previously been employed or engaged in substantial gainful activity (SGA)?
- Is the person’s disability severe enough to prevent them from working?
- Is their disability included in the SSA listing of impairments?
- Is there enough medical evidence to prove the disability?
- Does the disability prevent them from working, either in their current field or in another type of occupation?
At any point in this process, your claim could be delayed or denied if it fails to answer a question properly or if the appropriate documentation was not provided.
We Can Help You with Your Case
If you are disabled and are considering applying for benefits, or have had a previously filed benefit application denied, contact our Illinois Social Security disability attorneys today. At Tuite Law, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to guide you through the application process, helping you get the benefits you deserve while avoiding costly delays or denials. Get compassionate, comprehensive assistance from an attorney who has the experience required to get results.