Social Security Disability Claims in Chicago, IL

Social Security Disability claims can be difficult to prove and often require the skills of an experienced attorney to secure all the benefits an applicant is entitled to.

In Illinois, lawyer Richard I. Feingold and his team concentrate their practice on cases involving disability applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or denials of either. Mr. Feingold’s extensive experience and understanding of disability claims helps minimize frustration and improves applicants’ chances for awards of benefits.

Call Richard I. Feingold & Associates, P.C. today: (773) 989-9899 or call toll free at (888) 701-8222.

Proving Disability in an SSDI Claim

Proving Social Security Disability claims is a complicated process that 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. When applying for disability 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 for receiving an award of benefits.

What You Need to Know About Social Security Disability claims and Disability Applications

Many people get confused by the differences between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). We’ve compiled this short list of SSDI’s key features to help clarify the difference. You can compare it to the key features of SSI 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 credited work to qualify as “Insured.”

Resource & Income Limits: Only job-related income, Workers’ Compensation, or other federal or state disability benefit can impact benefits awarded for Social Security Disability 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 receipt of first disability payment, or 29 months after onset of the disability; otherwise at age 65.

More Information:

For more information about applying for SSI disability, available benefits, and the services available from our SSI disability lawyer’s law firm in Chicago, please visit these pages on our site:

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