Chicago, the “Windy City," boasts a population of 2.7 million residents, and is considered the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago has been ranked by Forbes as the world's 5th most economically powerful city. According to recent statistics from the Social Security Administration, applications for Social Security disability benefits rose by a record 21% statewide, between 2008 and 2009. Moreover, the total number of recipients has increased by 12.6 throughout the nation since 2009. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reported that as of December 2010, approximately 274,692 in Illinois receive Social Security Disability (SSDI or SSI) benefits, and of that approximately 21,700 are on disability in the Chicago Area. The attorney, if secured from the beginning of the application, will review an individual’s case on the basics of awarding Social Security Disability. This is includes inability to work due to a documented medical disability, if work credits have been established, payroll taxes, called FICA have been deducted. If sufficient work credits have not been established, an applicant may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. A Chicago Disability Attorney can help determine if your individual case meets the standard work credits required to apply for benefits, either SSDI or SSI. The most significant factor, for both programs (SSI and SSDI), is the inability to engage in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA or paid work) by reason of documented medical impairment by a certified medical practitioner.
Apply for Chicago Social Security Disability Benefits
Over 600,000 Chicago residents, approximately 23% of the City’s total population, reported having a disability. Each year approximately 85% of the applications received from Illinois Social Security Disability applicants were denied at the initial stage of the application process. Less than 15% of Social Security Disability applications are awarded at the reconsideration stage of the appeal process, and approximately two-thirds of ongoing claims are decided in favor of the applicant during the hearing stage. A Chicago Disability Lawyer’s representation greatly contributes to these approval rates, especially during the hearing process. Applying for Chicago Social Security Disability benefits can be done at a local field office or through an online application. Regardless, consulting a Chicago Social Security attorney from the beginning of the application process is a necessity to have a strong case, worthy of an approval by the SSA. A Chicago Disability Attorney can help evaluated your case, come up with an initial checklist of the extensive collection of personal information needed for the initial application process. Also, through an initial assessment of an individual’s status, a Chicago Social Security Attorney can estimate a monthly benefit amount. Differentiations of this monthly benefit amount are probable, and your selected Disability lawyer can also advocate for an increase, if one is applicable, for such increases as “Independent Living.”
Listed below are the local Social Security Offices where a Chicago Security applicant can file a claim for disability benefits:
Chicago Social Security Disability
77 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60604
For more field office locations, please visit ssa.gov
Note: An Online Application is available at SSA.gov. Please consult a Chicago Disability Attorney to determine the correct application, pertaining to your individual case.
Chicago Social Security Disability Resources
Proper medical care to receive a proper disability diagnosis and ongoing paper trail can be difficult, not to mention a financially challenge. Below are community-based medical facilities to help with the medical process:
Community Health, Chicago
2611 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Patient Care: 773.395.9900
Community Health, Chicago
641 West 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60621
Patient Care: 773.994.1515
Friend Family Health Center
5635 S. Pulanski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
Rogers Park Family Health Center
1550 W. Howard St.
Chicago, IL 60626
Louise Landau Health Center
3645 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
Your Chicago Disability Claim
From the initial application to the last appeal, securing a Chicago Social Security lawyer will improve your chances of being awarded disability benefits. Your attorney will evaluate your claim, assist with the application process, and determine where existing “gaps” could result in a denial. The initial consultation with a Chicago Disability Attorney is free. Please click here for a free case evaluation by a qualified disability attorney.