Chicago Social Security Disability FAQs

Answers to your Chicago SSDI FAQs
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Answers to your Chicago SSDI FAQs

If I win my case, how much money will I receive?

If you are found eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB), the amount you will receive each month is calculated based on your lifetime earnings, which differ for every individual. You can go to to see how much (if any) SSDI you may receive. Also, if you have unmarried children under age 18 (or under age 19 if still in high school) that live in your home, you may receive additional money to help care for them.

If you are awarded Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will receive a monthly payment of up to $721.00 per month for an individual or $1,082.00 per month for an eligible couple. This amount may be reduced, however, if you and your spouse have too much income or resources.

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How much does it cost to hire an attorney for my disability case?
What if I can't afford it?

Federal law regulates attorneys’ fees in Social Security disability cases. So, virtually every disability lawyer works on the same fee basis. The lawyer’s fee is 25% of the past due disability benefits you get, up to the statutory maximum. There is no fee if you lose.

How long does it take to obtain my disability benefits once a claim for
benefits is filed?

It can take approximately 6 months to receive a decision on your initial application and again on reconsideration. If your application is denied, it can take an additional year and a half to obtain a decision as your claim works its way through the appeals process. Social Security has a backlog of one million claims at the hearing level. Whereas they used to have a focus on paying valid claims at the hearing level sooner, political pressure in recent years has caused them to put a MAGNIFYING GLASS ON EVEN THE MOST OBVIOUS CASES.

Who is eligible for disability benefits from Social Security?

Sometimes disability results from a combination of health problems. Just because you can still do some things well doesn’t mean you’re not disabled. Depending on what your age is, work experience, and other factors, you could be entitled to disability benefits.

Who decides if I am disabled and eligible for benefits?

After a Social Security disability claim is filed, the case is sent to a disability examiner. The examiner makes the initial decision on the claim.

My neighbor received Social Security Disability and is not even disabled.
Why was I denied?

Most people who apply for Social Security disability benefits are, in fact, denied. 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.

It is important to contact a lawyer today. Once you are denied, the clock starts ticking on the time you have to appeal. Nash Disability Law can request “reconsideration” of your claim denial.

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Where is Nash Disability Law located? Do you offer telephone appointments?

We have three offices located throughout the Chicago area. We also offer telephone appointments. We encourage you to CONTACT US.

What can't a lawyer do for me?

No lawyer can push around the federal government, or change the law to your benefit. An experienced lawyer, like the disability lawyers at Nash Disability Law, can make the Social Security system work for you and can make the difference between winning and losing your case.

My doctor says I am disabled, or put me on "light duty." So why is Social Security denying my disability claim?

It is not up to your doctor to determine whether you are disabled. It is up to Social Security to make their own decision regardless of what your doctor thinks. It is important to contact a lawyer today to ensure the proper medical evidence is gathered to prove your disability.

Will I receive medical insurance?

If you are awarded Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDIB), you will be eligible for Medicare coverage after a waiting period of 29 full months after the date you are found disabled. If you are awarded Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you will likely be entitled to Medicaid coverage as soon as your entitlement to SSI begins.

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I'm interested in talking with Nash Disability Law. What should I do next?

Call Nash Disability Law today! Whether you’ve already begun the application process or are still thinking of applying, Nash Disability wants to help you. Our staff is happy to discuss the details of your disability claim no matter what stage of the process you are in. We encourage you to contact us.

DOWNTOWN: (312) 945-7567
PALOS HILLS: (708) 857-2244

Or, if you’d prefer, submit your contact info and we will follow up with you. Simply CLICK HERE and FILL OUT THE CONTACT US FORM and someone from our offices will contact you.

Why do I need a lawyer to help me, and why should I hire Nash Disability Law?

Social Security statistics show that claimants who are represented by lawyers win more often than those who are not represented. Your best chance of winning your case against the government is to be represented by a lawyer.

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There are many written and unwritten rules – our experienced attorneys deal with them and the people who apply them every day. An attorney has a law degree with training for complex legal matters. An attorney is trained in preparing and presenting evidence, cross examining witnesses, and in writing about your case. A non-attorney advocate does not have a law degree, is not trained for complex legal matters.

When should I contact an attorney about representation? Should I wait until my hearing is scheduled?

Contact an attorney as soon as possible. Don’t wait until your hearing is scheduled. It may be too late for an attorney to gather the proper evidence and job history to make your case properly, if you wait until your hearing is scheduled.

I have a mental illness. Am I eligible for Social Security disability benefits?

Yes, mental illness is a frequently used basis for getting Social Security disability benefits.

Unfortunately it is still not uncommon for members of the public, or even family members, to fail to understand these issues. At Nash, we have a longstanding history of understanding how the nuances and misimpressions associated with these issues affect people’s ability to obtain and maintain employment. The law firm has been very active over a period of many years in advocating for the rights of those affected by mental illness including important issues of access to meaningful care, WITHOUT STIGMA.

Social Security said that I would be able to return to work. Should I wait to see if my health improves or should I appeal?

Don’t wait to see if your health improves. You have a limited time to appeal from your initial denial. CONTACT THE EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS at Nash Disability Law today. Let our experience be the difference in your case.