Category: Civil law

An Appeal by Any Other Name — is NOT a New Application!

When you’re trying to get disability benefits from Social Security, there’s a lot of terms and jargon that can be very confusing. But tops on the list of things that confound clients is the difference between the terms “re-apply” and “appeal.” If your application for benefits is denied and you start over from scratch by […]
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Black Hawks, brain injuries and disability

Chicago and Northwest Indiana were awash in a sea of red and black recently, with the Black Hawks bringing home their third Stanley Cup in six years. With all eyes having been focused on hockey, this seems a good time to visit a serious subject linked to the sport in recent years — the risk […]
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Can We Talk? You Bet We Can

On many disability law firms’ web sites, you click on a chat box and carry on a virtual conversation with a faceless representative at that firm. But keep this in mind: Is that person a lawyer? Probably not (especially if the word “advocate” is in the company title). Will I get to see a lawyer? Sure you […]
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Kidney Disease and Disability

Chronic kidney disease may be more common than you think. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 1 in 3 Americans run the risk of enduring kidney problems for a variety of reasons: diabetes, hypertension or family history among them. More than 26 million people already suffer from it, but many of us don’t realize it […]
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Saving Social Security

Another year, another political argument about Social Security. The demise of Social Security has been talked about for years, with actuaries from the agency now projecting that the disability insurance portion of the trust fund (vs. the part allocated for retirements) will run out of money in 2016 unless steps are taken to prevent it. Now a tug-of-war […]
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Big box vs. boutique

Does bigger mean better? Sometimes, but sometimes not. Every shopper knows there are times when you can’t find exactly what you want in a larger chain store, despite their rows upon rows of identical merchandise. Unique, one-of-a-kind items often are found only in smaller boutiques. That philosophy doesn’t apply only to material goods — it can […]
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Get What You Deserve — From Your Rep!

Last month, we detailed things claimants can do to aid themselves in the disability process, even when they have a representative to help. Now, we want to explain what OUR responsibilities are to our clients. First and foremost, our job is to file any relevant appeals and represent you at any hearings, along with submitting […]
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10 Ways to be the Perfect Client — or Claimant

People hire attorneys or representatives to help with Social Security Disability claims because they want help with the process, and we’re glad to provide that! But there are some things that clients (or claimants who choose to handle the process on their own), can do to relieve the stress of applying and to make things run […]
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How Long Will it Take to Get Disability?

One of the first questions we are asked is, “How long does the Social Security Disability process take?” While each claimant’s situation is unique, there are some general time frames that most people can expect. The first step, obviously, is to file an application (either in person, via phone or online). After preliminary processing by […]
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