Get Help with Your Chicago Social Security Disability Claim

Social Security disability claims are often complicated and difficult to prove. To have the best chance at securing all the benefits you are entitled to, you need the skills of an experienced attorney.

Chicago Social Security disability lawyer Richard I. Feingold is that attorney. He and his team handle all types of Chicago Social Security disability cases, including:

  • Disability applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Disability applications for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • SSDI claim denials
  • SSI claim denials

Rich’s extensive experience and understanding of Chicago disability claims helps minimize frustration and improve applicants’ chances at getting the benefits they need and deserve.

Applying for Disability in Illinois: How to Prove Disability in an SSDI Claim

Proving Social Security disability claims is a complicated process. It involves:

  • Documenting effects of the disability
  • Securing medical records
  • Obtaining physician opinions
  • And much more!

In each case, the Social Security Administration (SSA) looks for specific evidence (depending on the disability claimed) to demonstrate eligibility for benefits. 

An experienced attorney like Illinois lawyer Richard I. Feingold can make sure your application includes all the evidence the SSA is looking for, help you document your case, and significantly increase your chances of receiving an award of benefits.

Understand the Difference between Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income

Many people get confused by the differences between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. 

To help with this problem, we’ve compiled this short list of SSDI’s key features. You can compare it to the key features on our SSI page under Client Services.

Social Security Disability Insurance Key Features

Also Known As: SSDI, Title II, or DIB

Requirements: Qualifying disability and work history with enough quarters of coverage (also called credits) to qualify as “Insured.” Work history must also meet the recency requirement. 

Resource & Income Limits: Only job-related income, Workers’ Compensation, or other federal or state disability benefit can impact benefits awarded for Social Security Disability Insurance claims. No limit on resources, i.e. savings, investment income, gifts, etc. No non-job-related income considered.

Benefits Available to:

  • Insured workers
  • Qualifying spouses and children of the disabled worker
  • Disabled adult children of a disabled, deceased or retired parent if the disabled adult child’s disability commenced prior to age 22
  • Disabled widows and widowers between the ages of 50 and 60 and the disability commenced within seven years of the worker’s death


  • Applicants must serve a 5 month waiting period after the onset of disability before benefits are paid
  • Benefits may be retroactive (past-due benefits) up to 12 months prior to date of disability application.
  • Benefits for a given month are paid in the next month.
  • May be eligible for Medicare 24 months after eligibility of first disability payment, or 29 months after onset of the disability; otherwise at age 65.

For more information about applying for SSI disability, available benefits, and the services we provide, please reach out using the form in the right column of this page.


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