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    Illinois Social Security Disability attorneys

    Social Security disability pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a disabling medical condition, either physical or mental, that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. When it comes to defining exactly what qualifies as a disability however, federal law has very strict guidelines. Included in the different types of disability that you may qualify for are:

    • heart or lung disease;
    • spinal conditions;
    • chronic pain disorders;
    • major joint conditions, such as shoulder, knee, wrist, ankle;
    • different types of mental disorders;
    • hearing loss or blindness; and
    • Parkinson’s Disease.


    Social Security will use several factors to decide whether you are disabled including your age, work history, and medical conditions.  While these are the major considerations for social security, social security disability benefits are awarded on a case by case basis to individual situations.  The process of filing and qualifying for benefits is complex, which is why we encourage you to seek legal counsel and advise with our Rockford social security disability attorneys at Tuite Law.

    Understanding the benefits

    While some private insurance provides money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, social security does not. Social security is awarded according to different factors as determined through two of programs:

    • The Social Security disability insurance program (DIB) and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
    • The DIB factors disability payments and benefits by looking at the amount a person has contributed into the federal system by way of their income taxes.

    In contrast, the SSI program is a needs-based program, and prior work is not necessary. An individual may be able to apply for both types of benefits, depending on their situations, but because the process from application to decision can take many months or even year, and because cases are frequently denied, you should apply for benefits with social security disability as soon as you can. A family member may also help their disabled relative file for benefits or consult a Rockford social security disability lawyer on their behalf.

    How to apply

    There are a few ways you can apply for social security disability. The first, which we highly recommend, is to consult with an attorney. There are several advantages that this course of action can afford you. First, a Rockford social security disability attorney knows all of the laws surrounding social security disability in the state of Illinois.

    At Tuite Law, we have extensive experience helping disabled clients receive monetary assistance for their disabilities, which streamlines the application and decision process for you. It also means we will be able to help you fill out all of the necessary paperwork that will prevent your case from being rejected. Our fees are marginal and contingent on your benefits, meaning that you or your family won’t lose a dime. There really is nothing to lose hiring a lawyer who can work on your behalf.

    The second option is that you can file a claim on your own. While this is not preferable, you still may submit a petition to the government for social security disability benefits, as long as you have all of the right documentation. This includes tax statements, medications, doctors’ bills, the correct filing forms, and other pieces of evidence to demonstrate the disability is real. Many self-filed claims are initially denied, however, so it really isn’t worth the trouble when you can hire Tuite Law as your social security disability lawyers in Rockford to do it for you at virtually no cost.

    Expected compensation

    The amount you receive for your disability depends on the condition, work experience, and family dynamics. If you have a disability as the main financial provider of your home, for example, you may be awarded more than a child or someone else that hasn’t worked before. Each situation is different, and an attorney can discuss your situation and possibilities with you, as the system for determining the benefits is very involved and complex.

    Additionally, many people also worry that social security will cut into their retirement benefits. This is not the case with social security disability payments. These payments are completely compensated and social security payments take over right when they are applicable.

    Tuite Law working for your social security disability benefits in Illinois

    The lawyers at Tuite Law are available to handle Social Security Disability cases throughout the region. Unlike some law firms or non-attorney organizations, we ensure that a lawyer will represent you at your hearing. Rockford Social Security Disability attorneys know that hearings are complex legal proceedings that are presided over by a judge and often involve testimony from doctors and vocational experts. Greg Tuite and his team of experienced attorneys are here to help you.

    Again, our representation in Social Security Disability and SSI claims are handled on a “contingency fee” basis. We don’t charge a fee unless we are successful in obtaining benefits for you.

    The first consultation with our office is free, so call the experienced Social Security Disability lawyers in Rockford today by calling 815-668-8473.

    Frequently asked questions about social security disability cases

    Do I qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?

    Your eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits depends on many factors including your age, your medical condition and physical or mental limitations, your education, your work experience, etc.  Generally, the older an individual the more likely they are to be found “disabled.”  However, simply being older will in and of itself not qualify one for disability.  You must be off work for one year, or be expected to be off work for at least a year, before you can be found “disabled.”  Social Security is a complex area of the law and the requirements to qualify for benefits cannot be simply summarized.

    Our firm will guide you through the disability process.  Generally, the person applying for benefits does so on their own through their local Social Security Administration Office.  Most people who apply are denied.

    Our firm handles the appeal of any denials.  Not only do we timely file the proper appeal paperwork, but we also obtain all your medical records, analyze your employment history, obtain medical opinions from your physicians, and ultimately represent you at your hearing.

    There are strict deadlines for timely filing appeals.  Thus, it is important that you call our office as soon as you received your denial letter.  Keep all your paperwork.  Our office will review your information and will determine if we can help you.

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    "Laura J. Fish and Gregory Tuite are thorough in case and client preparation leading-up the formal interview by the ALJ. I received continuous feedback during the entire process that allowed for the best possible outcome in my case. I highly recommend this law firm for anyone filing for Social Security Disability."

    — David E. | Social Security Disability

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