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Social Security Disability Representatives and other help in Illinois




 
In a recent post, I talked about the various kinds of individuals (job types, actually) who can potentially provide assistance on disability claims filed with the social security administration. Of course, this list included social security attorneys, non-attorney representatives, and social workers.

I think I also included on this list, however, advocates who work for independent living centers and I expressed my general feeling that a claimant would be better off selecting an experienced disability representative who is an attorney. And, if not an attorney, then a non-attorney who has extensive experience handling claims at the hearing level---former social security field office claims reps and former DDS disability examiners tend to make good choices.

Not that I have anything against social workers or ILC advocates, but the truth is that A. it takes too long to get to a disability hearing and B. the outcome is too important to C. trust a case to someone who doesn't, for lack of better words, really know what they are talking about.

And I will stand by that statement. It is simply unlikely that a claimant will be represented by an independent living advocate who just happens to be familiar with the medical vocational grid rules, with the social security definition of disability, with work hypotheticals, etc, etc.... And that equates to having a disability representative who doesn't really know what they're talking about, which, obviously, means a less favorable chance of winning a social security disability or SSI case in Illinois.

Why do I mention this again? Because I just came across an article written by an ILC advocate. In the article, she talks about the difficulty of getting approved for disability benefits. She also mentions some of her focus areas, which include peer counseling, independent skills training, employment counseling, and nursing home transition. You'll notice that, while these are emminently worthwhile activities, none of these have anything to do with how the federal disability system works or how to win a case.

In other words, if you need assistance on an SSD or SSI case, get a lawyer or a qualified non-attorney representative.















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Filing for disability in Illinois

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Options after Social Security Disability is Denied in Illinois

Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in Illinois

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Disability attorneys, lawyers in Illinois

Choosing a Disability Attorney in Illinois

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Social Security Disability Representatives and help in Illinois

Social Security Claims and Disability Lawyers in Illinois




Illinois disability appeals

Filing a disability appeal in Illinois

Which disability appeal to file in Illinois

How many disability appeals do you get in Illinois?

Getting a Disability Appeal on time in Illinois




Eligibility, approvals, and qualifications in Illinois

How to Qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI in Illinois

Can a Specific Medical Problem get you Approved for Disability in Illinois?

Eligibility and Qualifications for Disability in Illinois

Can you get disability approved in Illinois at the reconsideration level?




Miscellaneous questions about SSD SSI in Illinois

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How many Social Security Disability and SSI cases get denied in Illinois?

Disability denial in Illinois, when to get a lawyer

Social Security Disability Waiting period in Illinois

Will I lose my SSDI SSI disability benefits in Illinois when my case is reviewed?




Illinois disability hearings

How to Prepare for a Disability Hearing in Illinois

Odds of disability approval in Illinois better at a hearing vs reconsideration

Illinois disability attorney representation after being denied




Illinois mental disability

Approved for disability in Illinois with a mental condition

Mental testing for an SSDI or SSI disability claim in Illinois

Filing for Disability with depression in Illinois




Illinois disability decisions

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How long does it take to get a disability decision in Illinois?

What is the Social Security Disability decision making process in Illinois?




Illinois disability, working and work credits

Work credits in Illinois to be covered for Social Security disability

How to get your disability status in Illinois

If you get and receive disability benefits in Illinois, can you work?

Can you apply for social security disability or SSI in Illinois if you are working?




Illinois disability denials

Why is Social Security Disability and SSI Denied in Illinois?

Denied on a Disability Reconsideration in Illinois

Illinois Disability Claim was Denied, Should I Reapply?

Denied the second time for Social Security Disability in Illinois