4 Ways to Create a Stronger Social Security Disability Claim

Written by John Horn. Posted in Blogs, Social Security Disability

Social Security disability signIf you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, you know the odds are against your initial application being approved. Nationally only one in three, or approximately 32%, of applications are approved at the initial stage and only 58% are approved after they have had a hearing.

Given this, it is important that you do as much as you can to ensure that your claim is as strong as it can possibly be from the beginning. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to create a strong claim. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

When to File for Social Security Disability Benefits | Horn & Kelley

Written by John Horn. Posted in Blogs, Social Security Disability

Attorney Consulting with Clients, Horn & KelleyWhen you are unable to work and provide for your future, it can be incredibly stressful. While Social Security Disability Benefits are designed to provide for people in that exact situation, there may be a larger gray area involved than you realize. Many people are concerned about being denied, so they may hesitate to file their initial application.

If you wait too long, however, you may lose benefits. Striking the proper balance can be a difficult challenge, but you need to make sure you’re focused on your needs and that you’re taking every possible step for your own security.

Below, you’ll find a guide to some factors you should keep in mind when deciding whether you should apply for Social Security Disability Benefits. Knowing all the variables can help you make the right decision for yourself and your family and can help you be confident in that choice.

Social Security Disability Appeals Council: Frequently Asked Questions

Written by John Horn. Posted in Blogs, Social Security Disability

Approximately 8.8 million Americans receive Social Security Disability benefits each year. If you’ve recently applied for disability benefits and were denied, you’re not alone. Only about one-third of Social Security Disability claims are approved after the initial application.

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If you are denied, the first step is filing an appeal, a request for the reconsideration. If this is denied you must file a Request for Hearing. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, if the Administrative Law Judge denied your claim, you still have options: going to the Appeals Council.

Appealing your case to the Appeals Council can be a confusing process. If you’re at this step and aren’t sure how to proceed, here are a few frequently asked questions you might have.

What Is the Appeals Council?

After your appeal is denied by an Administrative Law Judge, you can ask to have your case looked at by the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council will take a thorough look at the judge’s decision, and based upon any evidence that you submitted during your claim, they will determine if the original ruling should stand, or if there was an error in your case.

You have 60 days after the Administrative Law Judge denied your claim to file an appeal with the Appeals Council.

Back Pain and Social Security Disability Benefits

Written by John Horn. Posted in Blogs, Social Security Disability

Back painBack pain is extremely common, especially among middle-aged and senior citizens. While most people can function despite their pain, especially with medical treatment and healthy lifestyle choices, others find their pain disabling and cannot work.

The Social Security Administration receives many applications for Social Security Disability for back pain, but it only approves a few of them. Learn what conditions qualify you for benefits and how you can present the strongest case on your application. As always, you’ll get the best results if you both inform yourself and rely on the advice of an experienced lawyer.

What Causes Back Pain?

If you have back pain, your first chore is to figure out what is causing it. That way, you can attempt to treat it, and if that fails, you can apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

Many people experience back pain simply as a result of getting older. As people age, their bones and connective tissue wear down, causing pain. However, not all back pain is a result of aging, and even if it is, not all back pain can be dealt with without specialized help from doctors and financial help from organizations like the Social Security Administration.

Fibromyalgia and Social Security

Written by John Horn. Posted in Blogs, Social Security Disability

Man with Lower Back PainApplying for Social Security disability benefits is difficult at the best of times, but when you need help because your fibromyalgia is incapacitating, proving you are disabled can be particularly difficult because doctors don’t yet have a completely objective way to establish the presence or severity of the condition.

Fortunately, when you know how the application process works and follow the guidance of professionals, you can chart a path that is more likely to lead to success and relief.

How Chronic Illness Impacts Your Social Security Disability Application

Written by John Horn. Posted in Blogs

Chronic-Illness-Social-SecurityIf you have a chronic illness, you’re familiar with the ups and downs of your daily life. Many people who are chronically ill get used to living with both bad days and good days, and they try to function as well as possible despite the recurring symptoms.

However, sometimes a chronic illness gets so out of control that there are no longer good days, or they are few and far between. If your illness prevents you from working, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. You can talk to a lawyer from Horn & Kelley, PC Attorneys at Law, to see if you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

4 Common Myths And Misconceptions About Social Security Disability

Written by John Horn. Posted in Blogs, Social Security Disability

Social Security disability signIf you’ve recently been seriously injured, are suffering from a devastating illness, or cannot work for any other number of reasons, you might be considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits.

Unfortunately, there are several common myths and misconceptions you’ve probably heard about the application process and your odds of approval that could keep you from getting the benefits you’re entitled to. Here are a few of the most common and pervasive myths about Social Security Disability benefits.

Park Forest Disability Claimant Wins With Horn & Kelley

Written by John Horn. Posted in Blogs, Cases Won, Claims Won, Law Office News, Social Security Disability

National Leaders in Social Security Disability Law

Attorney John E. Horn of the law firm of Horn & Kelley, PC, just won another social security disability case, this one at the application level, step one of the Social Security Disability process.  He won the claim of a fifty-five year old Park Forest disability applicant who suffered from uncontrolled diabetes, hands and feet numb and tingling, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and neck, back, hands, fingers and feet pain.

We Can Handle Park Forest Disability Claims at All Levels

Do not make the same mistake so many others have, call us before you file. We can handle your claim from the very beginning.  We apply for Park Forest disability claimants online.  Applications for social security disability benefits have a seventy percent chance of being denied.  Then it is necessary to file an appeal called reconsideration.  We request reconsideration for Park Forest disability applicants by filing online.  Eighty-five percent of claims are denied at reconsideration.  Then it is necessary to file another appeal requesting a hearing by an administrative law judge.  We request hearings for Park Forest disability applicants online.  Park Forest disability claims are heard in the Orland Park hearing office.  Many claims are won at the hearing level, but if you do not win, an appeal must be filed with the Appeals Council.  Like everyone else, Park Forest disability applicants file their appeals in Falls Church, Virginia, by fax or mail.  The Appeals Council denies eight out of ten appeals.  Social Security used to allow sixty-five percent of all claims, but now it is allowing only forty percent.  We aim to win every claim without a hearing, but Social Security is just a big insurance company, and like any other insurance company, it only wants to take in premiums and not pay benefits.  That means you need a Social Security Disability Lawyer who will if necessary take your case to the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals, or even the United States Supreme Court.  Park Forest disability applicants file suit against Social Security in the United States District Court in Chicago.  If Park Forest disability applicants do not win in the District Court, they appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.

Free Consultation, No Fee Unless We Win

When you apply for social security disability, make sure you hire a local fighter, a lawyer who can take your case to the United States District Court or United States Court of Appeals if necessary.  You have at least a fifty percent better chance of winning with a fighting lawyer who can take your case to the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals or even the United States Supreme Court.  Visit our website at www.johnehornattorney.com.  We are national leaders in social security disability law with more cases published in the Forum of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives than anyone else in the country for the last three years.  We show other lawyers how to win.  Horn & Kelley won nine of ten decisions in 2014 in the United States District Court and two out of two decisions in the United States Court of Appeals in 2014.  We have represented many Park Forest disability applicants successfully.

Horn & Kelley,Park Forest Disability Lawyers

Lawyers for
Park Forest Disability Applicants, John E. Horn & H. Elizabeth Kelley

Horn & Kelley are attorneys who represent people on disability claims at every level in Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, and nationwide.  Horn & Kelley has offices in Chicago, Tinley Park, and La Grange, Illinois, as well as Highland, Indiana.  Their Chicago office serves Southwest Chicago.  Their Tinley Park office serves Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs, including Park Forest.  Their LaGrange office serves Chicago’s west suburbs.  Their Highland office serves Northwest Indiana.  They have represented more than 5,000 clients in the past twenty-five years, including clients in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.  They can represent you in any state or territory.  If you are a Park Forest disability applicant, get a free evaluation of your social security disability claim and call Horn & Kelley at 888-921-5297.  A Park Forest disability applicant would ordinarily make an appointment at our Tinley Park office, depending on what is convenient for you.  Horn & Kelley practice only in the field of Social Security Disability.

Follow Horn & Kelley on Twitter @HornKelleyLaw and like us on Facebook.

Lowell Disability Claimant Wins With Horn & Kelley

Written by John Horn. Posted in Blogs, Cases Won, Claims Won, Law Office News, Social Security Disability

National Leaders in Social Security Disability Law

Attorney John E. Horn of the law firm of Horn & Kelley, PC, just won another social security disability case, this one at reconsideration level, step two of the Social Security Disability process.  His client was a sixty year old Lowell disability applicant with diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, stents in legs, calves cramp, arms go limp, foot pain, COPD, asthma, back pain, and numb tingling extremities.  We have represented many other Lowell disability claimants successfully.

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Do not make the same mistake so many others have, call us before you file. We can handle your claim from the very beginning.  A Lowell disability applicant would ordinarily make an appointment at our Highland, Indiana office.  We apply for Lowell disability claimants by filing online.  Applications for social security disability benefits have a seventy percent chance of being denied.  Then it is necessary to file an appeal called reconsideration.  We request reconsideration for Lowell disability applicants by filing their appeals online.  Most claims are denied at reconsideration.  Then it is necessary to file another appeal requesting a hearing by an administrative law judge.  We request hearings for Lowell disability applicants by filing online.  Many claims are won at the hearing level, but if you do not win, an appeal must be filed with the Appeals Council.  Like everyone else who appeals to the Appeals Council, Lowell disability applicants file their appeals in Falls Church, Virginia, by fax or mail.  The Appeals Council denies eight out of ten appeals.  Social Security used to allow sixty-five percent of claims overall, but now it is allowing only forty percent of claims.  We aim to win every claim without a hearing, but Social Security is just a big insurance company, and like any other insurance company, it only wants to take in premiums and not pay benefits.  That means you need a Social Security Disability Lawyer who will if necessary take your case to the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals, or even the United States Supreme Court.  Lowell disability applicants file suit against Social Security in the United States District Court in Hammond.  If Lowell disability applicants do not win in the District Court, they appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.

No Fee Unless We Win

When you apply for social security disability, make sure you hire a local fighter, a lawyer who can take your case to the United States District Court or United States Court of Appeals if necessary.  You have at least a fifty percent better chance of winning with a fighting lawyer who can take your case to the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals or even the United States Supreme Court.  Visit our website at www.johnehornattorney.com.  We are national leaders in social security disability law with more cases published in the Forum of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives than anyone else in the country for the last two years.  We show other lawyers how to win.  Horn & Kelley won nine of ten decisions in 2014 in the U. S. District Court and two out of two decisions in the U. S. Court of Appeals in 2014.  We have represented many Lowell disability applicants.

Horn & Kelley,Lowell Disability Lawyers

Lawyers for
Lowell Disability Applicants, John E. Horn & H. Elizabeth Kelley

Horn & Kelley are attorneys who represent people on disability claims at every level in Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, and nationwide.  Horn & Kelley has offices in Chicago, Tinley Park, and La Grange, Illinois, as well as Highland, Indiana.  Their Chicago office serves Southwest Chicago.  Their Tinley Park office serves Chicago’s south and southwest suburbs.  Their LaGrange office serves Chicago’s west suburbs.  Their Highland office serves Northwest Indiana, including Lowell disability applicants.  We have represented more than 5,000 clients in the past twenty-five years, including clients in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.  We can represent you in any state or territory.  If you are a Lowell disability applicant, get a free evaluation of your social security disability claim and call Horn & Kelley at 888-921-5297.  Horn & Kelley practice only in the field of Social Security Disability.

Follow Horn & Kelley on Twitter @HornKelleyLaw and like us on Facebook.

Chicago Disability Claimant Wins With Horn & Kelley

Written by John Horn. Posted in Blogs, Cases Won, Claims Won, Law Office News, Social Security Disability

National Leaders in Social Security Disability Law

Social Security Disability Lawyer John E. Horn of the law firm of Horn & Kelley, P.C., just won another social security disability case, this one at reconsideration level, step two of the Social Security Disability process.  Our client was a fifty-six year old Chicago disability applicant who suffered from heart attack, congestive heart failure, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, hypertension, vision impairments, kidney damage, pain and stiffness in legs, and tingling in hands. We have represented many other Chicago disability claimants successfully.

We Can Handle Chicago Disability Claims at All Levels

Do not make the same mistake so many others have, call us before you file. We can handle your claim from the very beginning.  We apply for Chicago disability claimants by filing online.  Applications for social security disability benefits have a seventy percent chance of being denied.  Then it is necessary to file an appeal called reconsideration.  We request reconsideration for Chicago disability applicants by filing their appeals online.  Most claims are denied at reconsideration.  Then it is necessary to file another appeal requesting a hearing by an administrative law judge.  We request hearings for Chicago disability applicants by filing online.  Many claims are won at the hearing level, but if you do not win, an appeal must be filed with the Appeals Council.  Like everyone else who appeals to the Appeals Council, Chicago disability applicants file their appeals in Falls Church, Virginia.  The Appeals Council denies eight out of ten appeals.  Social Security used to allow sixty-five percent of claims overall, but now it is allowing only forty percent of claims.  We aim to win every claim without a hearing, but Social Security is just a big insurance company, and like any other insurance company, it only wants to take in premiums and not pay benefits.  That means you need a Social Security Disability Lawyer who will if necessary take your case to the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals, or even the United States Supreme Court.  Chicago disability applicants file suit against Social Security in the United States District Court in Chicago.  If Chicago disability applicants do not win in the District Court, they appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, maybe even to the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Free Consultation, No Fee Unless We Win

When you apply for social security disability, make sure you hire a local fighter, a lawyer who can take your case to the United States District Court or United States Court of Appeals if necessary.  You have at least a fifty percent better chance of winning with a fighting lawyer who can take your case to the United States District Court, the United States Court of Appeals or even the United States Supreme Court.  Visit our website at www.johnehornattorney.com. We are national leaders in social security disability law with more cases published in the Forum of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives than anyone else in the country for the last two years.  We show other lawyers how to win in the field of Social Security Disability law.  Horn & Kelley won nine of ten decisions in 2014 in the United States District Court and two out of two decisions in the United States Court of Appeals in 2014.

Horn & Kelley,Chicago Disability Lawyers

Lawyers for
Chicago Disability Applicants, John E. Horn & H. Elizabeth Kelley

Horn & Kelley are attorneys who represent people on disability claims at every level in Chicagoland, Northwest Indiana, and nationwide.  Horn & Kelley have offices in Chicago, Tinley Park, and La Grange, Illinois, as well as Highland, Indiana.  Their Chicago office serves Southwest Chicago.  Their Tinley Park office serves Chicago’s southwest suburbs.  Their LaGrange office serves Chicago’s west suburbs, such as Chicago.  Their Highland office serves Northwest Indiana.  They have represented more than 5,000 clients in the past twenty-five years, including clients in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.  They can represent you in any state or territory.  If you are a Chicago disability applicant, get a free evaluation of your social security disability claim by calling Horn & Kelley at 888-921-5297.  Horn & Kelley practice only in the field of Social Security Disability.

Follow Horn & Kelley on Twitter @HornKelleyLaw and like us on Facebook.

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