Social Security Disability Lawyers in Aurora

Recovering Benefits for Disabled Americans Throughout Illinois Since 2000

Do you suffer from a disability that prevents you from working? If so, you might qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Unfortunately, the filing process for SSDI claims is notoriously difficult and complicated. As a result, many initial claims and some of their subsequent appeals are denied.

If you believe you are entitled to SSDI benefits and would like to either file a new claim or appeal a denied claim, a Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices Social Security disability attorney in Aurora can assist you. In addition to providing our clients with zealous advocacy before the Disability Determinations Service (DDS) Examiner or Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), our legal team can analyze and explain the legal options available to you in light of your unique circumstances.

What Are SSDI Benefits & How Do I Qualify?

Social Security Disability Insurance is a benefits program based on work credits. It is available to anyone with a medical disability who is “insured” under the SSDI program. “Insured” individuals are those who earned enough work credits. Even if you do not have enough work credits to qualify for SSDI, you may still qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Our legal team in Aurora has experience in both SSDI and SSI claims. We can evaluate your case to see which program best suits your needs.

To qualify for SSDI benefits, you need to prove to a Disability Determination Services (DDS) Examiner that your disability or medical condition:

  • Prevents you from gaining employment in jobs you were able to perform prior to your disability;
  • Prevents you from gaining employment in other positions that are less physically and mentally strenuous; and
  • Meets the criteria of the Social Security impairment listing for your disability.

Your disability must satisfy the requirements outlined by the Social Security impairment listing (a.k.a. the “Blue Book”). Even if your disability falls short of the Blue Book’s criteria, you still might qualify for benefits if your condition is “medically equivalent” to one of the listed conditions.

To determine whether your disability or condition prevents you from securing less strenuous employment, the Social Security Administration (SSA) evaluates many factors, such as your age, education level, and skill set. The SSA does not factor in the available jobs near you when evaluating if your disability is covered under SSDI.

Consult With an Aurora Social Security Disability Attorney

This overview only provides a glimpse of how the SSDI claims process works. But each SSDI claimant presents a unique set of circumstances that doesn’t lend itself to simple answers. Therefore, the prudent course of action would be to consult professional legal counsel with SSDI experience regarding the pros and cons for each option available to you.

Our legal team based in Aurora will standby to assist you with every part of the SSDI and SSI claims process, including:

  • Deciding whether SSDI or SSI is the right benefit for you;
  • Filing initial SSDI claims;
  • Pursuing SSDI appeals; and
  • Proving qualified physical disabilities.

At Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices, our Social Security disability lawyers are available for a free initial case evaluation. Moreover, we won’t charge attorney’s fees until your benefits have been successfully granted.

If you have earned the required work credits and your disability meets the Blue Book criteria for a listed qualifying disability, then you are entitled to receive SSDI benefits. If your initial claim was erroneously denied, we will fight back. We understand the difficulties attendant with having a disability that significantly impairs your ability to work. Our dedicated team of Aurora SSDI lawyers will strive to secure the maximum benefit to which you are entitled.

Please contact us online, or call us at (630) 585-2320 to arrange for a free initial case evaluation with one of our Aurora Social Security disability lawyers today.

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When Russell Haugen took my case, I never had to follow-up as he ensured that I was always updated on the status.

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From day one, Russell Haugen and Woodruff Johnson & Evans handled the work comp case with empathy and diligence. Highly recommended.

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Jay Johnson is a good communicator and speaks to his clients in a language they can understand.

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