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Evanston Social Security Disability Attorney

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.

Who Qualifies for Benefits?

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:

  • Medical records revealing the treating physician’s official diagnosis;
  • A record of when the condition started;
  • Evidence of how the medical condition limits the applicant’s ability to perform certain activities;
  • Diagnostic test results; and
  • Records demonstrating what type of treatment was received.

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:

  • The applicant’s most recent W-2 Form;
  • The applicant’s federal tax return; and
  • A summary of the applicant’s job history, including places of employment and job duties.

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.

Receiving Benefits

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:

  • The applicant’s spouse, if he or she is over the age of 62 years old;
  • The applicant’s spouse if he or she is caring for the applicant’s child who is under the age of 16 years old or is disabled;
  • The applicant’s unmarried children, whether biological or adopted, if they are younger than 18 years old; and
  • The applicant’s unmarried child, if he or she has a disability that started before the age of 22 years old.

Family members who fall under these categories will also be eligible to receive benefits through the SSDI program.

Contact an Evanston Social Security Disability Attorney for a Free Case Evaluation

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.

Call us today at (312) 863-8572 or email info@comerfordllc.com for a free consultation.

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