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Illinois Social Security Disability Statistics

October 19th, 2012


If you’ve applied for Social Security benefits in the Chicago area (or are considering doing so) it can be helpful to review statistics regarding Illinois Social Security disability claims. Although each Illinois disability case is unique, and there’s no knowing how your own Social Security claim will progress, these statistics regarding Social Security disability claims in Illinois can give you a general idea of your chances of being approved at each level in the disability claim process, as well as other information regarding what to expect.

Illinois Disability Claim Approval Statistics

Around 31% of those who apply for disability benefits in Illinois have their claims approved upon their initial application. Those who are denied benefits can file a Request for Reconsideration, and around 10% of these Illinois disability denials are reversed upon reconsideration (the claimant is awarded benefits). The remaining disability claimants must progress to the third step in the claims process – the disability hearing.

Disability Hearing Statistics for Illinois

On average, the wait for a disability hearing in Illinois is 13 months (from the time the hearing is requested.) Disability claims being handled out of the Office of Adjudication & Review (ODAR) office in Chicago have an average wait of 10 months, while those out of the Oak Brook ODAR average 12 months, and Orland Park, 11 months. Any way you look at it, this means that you’ll likely face a wait of close to a year if your disability claim reaches the hearing level.

The good news is that approximately 48% of Illinois disability hearings result in a “fully favorable” decision for the claimant, meaning they are approved for disability benefits. Another 8% receive a “partially favorable” decision, meaning they are granted disability benefits, but the judge has awarded them something less than what they believe they’re entitled to (such as changing their date of disability so they receive less money in retroactive benefits.)

DuPage County, Illinois, Social Security Disability Lawyer

An experienced Illinois disability lawyer can work hard to increase the chances that your Social Security claim will be approved. If you’re applying for disability in DuPage County, or elsewhere in the Chicago area, contact DuPage County Social Security attorney Marshall W. Conick for a complimentary, no-obligation consultation regarding your claim. Marshall W. Conick is an experienced DuPage County disability lawyer and represents clients who are applying for disability throughout the Chicago area. If you’re applying for disability, don’t go it alone. Call him at (630) 953-9055 for your free consultation today.

How Long Does the Social Security Disability Process Take?

September 2nd, 2012


Social Security disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are federal benefit programs that make monthly payments to those who are unable to work due to illness or injury (for at least a year period). Understandably, many of those who apply for Social Security in Illinois are anxious to know how long the process takes and when they might expect to get their first disability check.

Wait Time to Receive Initial & Reconsideration Disability Decisions

The actual process of applying for Social Security disability doesn’t take very long – it can usually be completed in an afternoon. Most Illinois disability applicants face a 3-4 month wait before receiving written notice telling them if they’ve been approved to receive disability benefits.

If you’re one of the approximately 70% of Illinois Social Security applicants who are denied benefits, you can appeal the denial by completing a “Request for Reconsideration” form. It will then be approximately 1-2 months before you’re notified if your disability claim has been approved upon reconsideration.

Wait Time for a Disability Hearing in Illinois

If your Illinois disability claim isn’t approved upon reconsideration, you can request a disability hearing, where you’ll testify in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). Due to a large backlog of Social Security claims, disability applicants across the nation face very long waits for their Social Security disability hearings. The average wait time in Illinois is around 17 months from the date the hearing request is received by the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Speeding Up the Disability Claim Process

While ultimately, there is nothing you can do to ensure that you’re approved for disability benefits relatively quickly, there are things that can make the process go faster and increase the chance that you’ll be approved for disability earlier in the process. First, make sure you obtain the necessary medical treatment, and provide the SSA with accurate information regarding where and when you treated. If the SSA calls you, or sends you additional paperwork to complete, comply with their requests in a timely manner.

Yet, perhaps the most important thing you can do to speed up your disability claim is to hire a qualified DuPage county Illinois Social Security lawyer to provide assistance every step of the way. Marshall W. Conick is an experienced disability attorney with offices in New Lenox, Tinley Park, Chicago, and Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.  He offers free, no-obligation consultations to those who are considering applying for disability in Illinois, or who already have an Illinois Social Security disability claim. Click here or call (630) 953-9055 to contact Illinois Social Security disability lawyer Marshall W. Conick.