Illinois residents who become disabled are often able to collect disability benefits from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.
The filing process can be complicated, so if you were recently diagnosed with a severe medical condition and believe that you may qualify for benefits, you should contact an experienced Evanston Social Security disability lawyer who can help you navigate the application process.
The SSDI program pays benefits to those who are unable to work because they have a severe medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or to result in death. It is important that applicants satisfy this definition because unlike other programs, the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not provide benefits to those who have a partial or short-term disability.
To establish that a medical condition qualifies as a disability, applicants must submit extensive supporting medical documentation, including:
If an applicant is able to prove that his or her condition satisfies the SSA’s definition of a disability, then he or she will need to prove that he or she was employed for a certain period of time prior to the onset of the condition. This also requires the submission of supporting documentation, such as:
Based on this information, the SSA will determine whether the applicant satisfies the recent work and duration of work tests, after which it will assess whether the applicant can perform any other type of work.
Those who satisfy these requirements may be eligible to receive monthly disability payments from the SSA. In fact, family members may also qualify for disability benefits if they fall under one of the following categories:
Family members who fall under these categories will also be eligible to receive benefits through the SSDI program.
At The Comerford Law Office, LLC, we are dedicated to helping our clients collect the benefits that they deserve, so if you have questions about your eligibility for disability benefits or how to apply, please contact a member of our dedicated Evanston legal team at 312-863-8572 to schedule a free case evaluation.
I contacted Jim after my first denial for SS Disability. He was referred to me by a good friend who had retained him for her Disability odyssey as well. My Disability case was somewhat difficult because I didn’t have a nice, large cache of medical documentation to back up my claim. Despite this and other complications Jim helped me get through my hearing and I received a fully favorable decision from the Judge and now I am just waiting to start receiving my benefits,
James is an absolutely great lawyer. He fully understands his area of expertise, he’s quick to answer any questions with clear, concise directions on how to proceed. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many case laws and government agencies helped me as his client better understand the case law and it’s ways. James is quick to answer emails and phone calls, and made me feel very comfortable. I highly, highly recommended James for his case law specialties. A professional and true gentleman, even when I would ramble on with worry, James was very understanding and able to put my concerns at ease.
Jim is absolutely one of the nicest, most compassionate, and intelligent lawyers out there. He is fast to answer any question with clear, concise direction. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many government agencies helps his clients in many ways. Jim is quick to answer emails and calls, and makes his clients feel very comfortable. Highly, highlyrecommended.
Jim is a good lawyer that helped us through a difficult purchase of our home(he also was the lawyer for the sale of our previous home).
We had quite a few issues with the details of the purchase with both the bank and the seller that James made sure were resolved as quickly as possible. When the selling lawyer would not respond to phone calls/emails Jim physically went to the lawyer’s office and made sure that the final details were pushed through.
I would recommend Jim as an attorney as he is very knowledgeable and thorough on the work that he does.
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