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- You win or you pay NOTHING.
- We handle new application, appeals and hearings for you.
- We assist in gathering required medical records and legal evidence.
We’ve helped thousands of people in Illinois get the disability benefits they need. Our Social Security lawyers will treat you with dignity and respect every step along the way in your disability claim.
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About Disability Group, Inc.
Disability Group is a National Law Firm specializing only in Social Security Disability law. We are not a referral service or a Social Security Representative company. When you retain our services you have lawyers on your side and if you need to attend a Social Security Hearing, you will have a lawyer on your side with you. Disability Group was founded on the principles of dignity and respect.
Why Hire a Social Security lawyer in Illinois?
Improve your chances with the SSA
Illinois has some of the longest processing wait times in the nation. Having a lawyer on your side will ensure that you don’t lose time with application mistakes. Studies have shown that applicants with legal representation have much better approval rates than claimants who undertake the Social Security disability process themselves.
Before making the decision to get help, you will want to consider what a lawyer can do for your claim that you may not be able to do on your own.
What can a lawyer do for me?
A social security disability lawyer is familiar with the application process. This helps to ensure that paperwork is timely and properly filed. This is crucial, because the SSA will not hesitate to deny a claim for a technical error or a missed deadline.
Filing an initial Social Security Disability Application
Also if your lawyer is willing to file all the paperwork for you can save you an enormous amount of stress. a lawyer’s knowledge and familiarity with the process and the laws means that he/she knows what it takes to win a case.
Your lawyer will review the evidence to determine if your case has weaknesses, and can work with you to see if those can be overcome or minimized. He/she can tell you what steps to take to strengthen your claim. Just following all SSA instructions will not give you the strategy that lawyers can provide.
Should your social security disability claim reach the hearing level, the lawyer’s role becomes even more important. Before the hearing, your lawyer can review your file at the social security office, and submit any evidence that they might be missing. This is important because any evidence lacking from your file will not be considered by the administrative law judge when making a decision in your hearing.
A lawyer can provide help during your Social Security hearing
During the hearing, your lawyer can present an opening and closing statement presenting the strongest points of your case to the judge. The judge may request that your lawyer question you about your disability, in which case your lawyer can let you know ahead of time what he/she will ask. Even if the judge is the one asking you questions, your lawyer can let you know prior to the hearing what sort of questions to expect.
Often there is a medical expert and/or a vocational expert at the hearing. Although they are considered to be independent of the SSA, their opinions regarding your abilities and limitations are oftentimes incomplete or inaccurate. This is where your lawyer will play a crucial role; he/she can dispute the experts’ assessments through cross-examination.
Can I afford a disability lawyer?
Our Illinois Social Security lawyers accept cases on a contingency basis – which means you only pay IF and WHEN you win your case. If you are not awarded Social Security Disability Benefits, then you pay NOTHING.
There is no need for you to pay any up-front costs. If you are awarded, your lawyer will be entitled to 25% of your retroactive benefits (but no more than $5,900), which the SSA will pay directly to your lawyer. The amount of the lawyer’s fee is set by the federal government. After you are approved, your lawyer may ask you for reimbursement of the costs incurred throughout the life of your claim. The lawyer should let you know beforehand specifically what costs you will be responsible for. No portion of your monthly checks will be paid to your attorney.
Due to the nature of the social security disability application process, it is wise to consider legal representation early on. You should weigh the importance of a timely and favorable decision against the potential cost, and seek out an experienced lawyer if that is the route you decide to take.
Find a Social Security lawyer near you – our lawyers can take on disability cases anywhere in Illinois including:
Chicago | Aurora | Rockford | Joliet | Naperville | Springfield | Peoria | Elgin | Waukegan | Cicero
Top 12 Social Security Disability benefits questions:
- How do I file an initial application for Social Security Benefits?
- Is there an age requirement to receive disability benefits?
- How long will I receive Social Security benefits?
- Will my income prevent me from getting disability benefits?
- If I was denied benefits based upon my initial application, should I appeal?
- What is the difference between SSI and SSDI?
- If I am awarded SSD or SSI benefits, how much will I receive?
- How long will the process take?
- What will it cost me to get benefits?
- Can my kids get benefits if I am disabled?
- What can I do to improve my chances of winning SSI or SSD benefits?
- How do I get started?
Social Security Categories of Impairments (Also known as "The Blue Book")
Social Security Benefits may be awarded for any of the following disabilities/medical conditions. For more detail, visit the Social Security Administration’s website at www.ssa.gov
The categories of impairments cover 14 bodily systems:
Musculoskeletal System | Special Senses and Speech | Respiratory System | Cardiovascular System | Digestive System | Genitourinary Impairments | Hematological Disorders | Skin Disorders | Endocrine System | Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems | Neurological | Mental Disorders | Malignant Neoplastic Diseases | Immune System Disorders
If you suffer from a disease in any of the categories above, Call us today as you may be eligible for disability benefits. Call 888.690.9506 or fill out the consultation form above for a free case evaluation with no obligation.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Disability Benefits in Illinois
If you’ve never applied for Social Security benefits before, we can walk you through the initial application process so that you get the right information to the SSA the first time. Many applications are denied at this level, it’s important to have your application completed correctly the first time to save you time and frustration. Fill out the consultation form at the top of this website or call us today at 888.690.9506 and we can work with you right away.
No. Any individual of any age can be found disabled by Social Security. The rules change for individuals over 50 years of age and over 55 years of age making it easier to obtain benefits.
Until you reach full retirement age or until your condition improves to the point where you are able to work on a full time sustained basis for a period in excess of nine months. Social Security has instituted a number of provisions to encourage individuals to attempt a return to work without jeopardizing their disability payments. Remember, just because you may have worked for a short period of time after the onset of your disability you may still be entitled to a full period of disability.
For recipients of SSD there is no limit to the amount of other income you can receive, as long it is not from work activity. For example, if you own an apartment building and receive income from the rents or if you have investments that generate dividends. For recipients of SSI there are additional non-medical requirements related to assets and resources. Please contact our office for more detailed information on the non-medical requirements for SSI.
Yes! Many claims that are denied initially are awarded at a later stage.
The SSDI program pays benefits to eligible candidates if you have worked enough hours to earn enough credits. Credits are earned through Social Security taxes deducted from your paychecks. SSDI pays benefits to individuals who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least twelve months or may result in death.
In order to qualify for SSDI you must have worked at least 5 of the last 10 years.
SSI Benefits are for individuals who are disabled and have a limited income and resources are eligible for Social Security Income (SSI). SSI’s purpose is to help those with little or no income as it provides assistance to those in need of basic necessities (clothes, food, shelter, etc.).
SSI is a federal program funded by general tax revenue, not Social Security taxes.
It varies based on your earnings history. You will receive anywhere from $500 to $2,000 a month or more.
It can take 6 to 18 months to get through the process, including the Administrative Law Judge hearing decision stage.
There is no cost to you for our representation unless we are successful in obtaining your benefits. Once you win, our fee is calculated only on back-pay awarded to you no higher than 25% of past due benefits. Remember, you do not pay if you don’t win.
Minor children of a disabled worker can receive auxiliary benefits. The amount is approximately 40% of the disabled workers monthly payment.
Maintain regular and consistent treatment with physicians that support your claim for disability. If you cannot afford to maintain treatment with private physicians please contact our office and we will refer you to free clinics and county facilities where treatment can be obtained free of charge.
Complete the form for a free case evaluation or call us toll free at 888.690.9506 today.
Disability Group, Inc.
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Disability Group, Inc. is a private law firm. Its principal office is in Los Angeles, California, 6033 Century Blvd. Managing partner, Ronald Miller, Esq. is admitted only in California and Michigan. The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask the lawyer to send you free written information about the lawyer's qualifications and experience. Prior results cannot and do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future matter, including yours, in which a lawyer or law firm may be retained. No representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers. Additional fees may apply.