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Social Security List of Conditions

What Social Security considers disabling

Medical Evidence and Disability

Filing for Disability Benefits

Eligibility for Disability Benefits

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Will hiring a disability attorney in Illinois get me a disability award?




 
One individual stated in a disability forum "I am not sure if hiring a lawyer would help me explain my case better to get approved". And my answer to that is this: A social security attorney will help you most on your social security disability or SSI case at the hearing level. Yes, you can benefit from representation at earlier stages in the process and, in fact, some applicants would simply prefer to have a representative take of everything from the very start (not a bad idea at all for claimants who have any of the following: memory loss, attention and concentration problems, have had a stroke, have bipolar disorder or depression, or have a physical impairment that simply necessitates utilizing a rep from the "get go").

However, the bulk of a disability reps work will involve preparing for a hearing. And it is at the hearing level that your attorney or non-attorney representative will actually attempt to "explain" your case.

Should you wait until the hearing to get an attorney in Illinois? In my own opinion, a claimant should probably consider finding representation after the first denial has been received. And here's the reason. If you get denied on your application for disability (and, nationally, seventy percent of all claimants do), the next step will be to file a request for a reconsideration. Reconsiderations are denied 85 percent of the time (the actual statistic is 84.9 percent), meaning that most claimants who are not approved at the application level will have to go through the reconsideration step and then go to a hearing at some point.

Going to a hearing without an experienced disability attorney (or non-attorney rep, as many of them provide quality representation and some are even former SSA and DDS employees) is hardly ever a good idea. So, if you get denied on your initial claim (a.k.a. application) you might as well as find an attorney.















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Filing for disability in Illinois

Applying for disability in Illinois

How do you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI in Illinois

Filing for disability in Illinois, when to file

After you apply for Social Security Disability or SSI in Illinois

Are you automatically denied for SSDI or SSI in Illinois when you first apply?

Filing Illinois request for reconsideration after denied

Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Illinois?

Options after Social Security Disability is Denied in Illinois

Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in Illinois

Do you need a lawyer for a Disability Claim in Illinois?




Disability attorneys, lawyers in Illinois

Choosing a Disability Attorney in Illinois

What will an Illinois disability attorney do?

Will hiring a disability attorney in Illinois get me a disability award?

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

Can you get disability in Illinois on your first try?

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

Who makes the SSD or SSI decision in Illinois

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