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How to Apply for Social Security Disability in Chicago

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Ed Martinez meets with Sara Eminhizer, a senior intake case manager. A serious accident left him unable to work. Social Security denied his claim. But Nash Disability Law appealed until he won the monthly benefits he needs to survive.
Chicago man applies for disability benefits

Get Financial Support in a Hard Time

If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, it can be a huge relief to the hardships of serious health problems and loss of work.

Monthly disability checks from the Social Security Administration help you keep up with your bills.

But more than that, disability income helps you hold on to a measure of dignity and independence in your life.

But filing an SSDI application can be a daunting process. You have to meet Social Security’s complicated definition of disability—not just get a doctor’s note saying you should stay home and rest.

At Nash Disability Law, we can help guide you through the application process, so you avoid the common mistakes we see.

Our disability attorneys have helped more people in the Chicago area win benefits than any other law firm.

You can start by having our legal team evaluate your situation for free.

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How to Qualify for Disability Benefits

YOU HAVE A QUALIFYING DISABILITY UNDER SOCIAL SECURITY’S RULES IF:

  • You cannot do the work that you did before;
  • You cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year

But you can’t just tell Social Security that you meet these qualifications. You have to prove it with details and documentation of your health problems and your ability to function.

This includes providing your medical records, work history and statements from people you know about how your health impacts your daily life.

But you don’t have to get all of this together on your own.

Our disability lawyers handle the legwork, to make the process easier for you.

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Why Is It so Hard to Win Social Security Disability Benefits?

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits isn’t so difficult on its own. It’s getting approved that’s hard.

Many people believe that what you put in your application determines if you’ll win— if they simply explain their medical situation to the Social Security Administration (SSA), someone at SSA will understand and award them benefits.

Unfortunately, that’s not the way Social Security works. In reality, your application is merely a starting point to the process.

MOST PEOPLE WHO APPLY FOR BENEFITS ARE INITIALLY DENIED.

The Social Security Disability system involves thousands of rules, regulations, and procedures—even unwritten ones. It’s a legal system all to itself (including its own courts and judges) just for deciding who gets disability benefits.

The best advice we can give you is not to wait. File your application as soon as possible, so you can get this lengthy process started.

YOU CAN BE DENIED FOR ANY NUMBER OF REASONS, OFTEN THROUGH NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN.

For example, you may be denied benefits if your doctor doesn’t know what’s important to your particular claim. Or if a Social Security employee doesn’t obtain the right medical evidence on your behalf. Or if your appeal of a denial is handled improperly.

That’s why it’s so important to hire the experienced disability attorneys at Nash Disability Law. Our office has helped thousands of claimants in Chicagoland ultimately get their claims approved.

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How Does Nash Disability Law Help People Win Disability Benefits?

When you need to apply for disability benefits, you can get all of this from Nash Disability Law:

  1. A FREE EVALUATION of your claim to help you understand your options
  2. Information about filing, such as what is the best approach for you given your circumstances, such as whether you should apply for SSDI benefits for Supplemental Security income (SSDI).
  3. Help with ensuring your application is processed in a timely way – not delayed or lost!
  4. Suggestions on how to best describe your past jobs in your application for disability
  5. Help determining the best way to explain your situation to Social Security, so you can be awarded the most “back pay” possible
  6. Information about which medical records are the most important to helping the government best understand your situation. Not all records are equal.

Free Advice Before You Apply For SSD

Whether you’ve already begun the application process or are still thinking of applying, Nash Disability Law wants to help you. Our legal team is happy to discuss the details of your disability claim—free of charge—no matter what stage of the process you are in.

Our disability law firm has been helping people like you for over 40 years.

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Before you begin the application process, contact Nash Disability Law to improve your chances of winning benefits. Our staff has helped thousands of people in the greater Chicago metro area. Sometimes we are even able to get you benefits without a hearing.

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