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Representing Yourself vs. Hiring An Attorney

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

It is estimated that a full 25 percent of those that are currently twenty years old will at some time between now and retirement suffer from a disability. With numbers like this, it is easy to see why since 2006 the Social Security Administration has received over 2 million applications each year.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being disabled, you may be wondering if you should represent yourself or whether you would be better off to hire a Des Plaines disability attorney to handle your case. Before […]

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When Family Members Are Eligible For Benefits

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Monday, February 20, 2017.

A very important aspect of Social Security disability benefits is payment to family members. As an Aurora disability lawyer, we think that is very important that those applying for disability benefits understand this aspect of benefits. A family member is eligible for a monthly benefit that is up to 50 percent of the worker’s disability payment. There is a limit to the amount of money that can be paid to a family on one Social Security record. The maximum is between 150 and 180 percent of the primary worker’s disability […]

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How Will The SSA Determine If I Am Disabled?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSA on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Are you applying for Social Security disability benefits? As a Social Security Lawyer in Aurora, we find that claimants are often confused by who determines whether the claimant is disabled or not. It may seem like an obvious question (“who determines if I’m  disabled?”), however, upon further exploration of a disability case, it can become more complicated. Your doctor, social worker, or work supervisor can not simply determine that you are disabled.

How Do You Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

In order to qualify for SSD benefits, you must meet […]

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What Are The Qualifications For Disability Benefits in Rockford?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Monday, December 19, 2016.

Social Security disability benefits are often available to Rockford residents that have paid into the Social Security program and are suffering from medical problems that prevent them from working. However, it is not that simple, in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits you need to meet the Social Security administration’s definition of total disability. To meet the definition of disability you must not be able to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) because of medically determinable or physical mental impairments.

You must demonstrate the following to show the […]

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3 Social Security Disability Facts You Should Know

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in General, SSD on Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

Social Security disability benefits is a complex program. It is not uncommon for those applying for social security disability benefits to be ill-informed of how the program works. As an Aurora disability lawyer, we find that those who are denied disability benefits can sometimes be lacking proper knowledge of the program and its complexities. Our first step at The Law Offices of Rabin, Kodner & Brown, is to make sure that our clients applying for benefits understand Social Security disability benefits before we move into the details of their claim.

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Have You Checked Your Social Security Statement?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in General, SSA on Monday, October 17, 2016.

Your annual Social Security statement contains everything you need to know about the benefits that you may receive. If you are not sure of what all the entries mean our team is happy to explain some of the key points. Obtain a copy of your statement and we will walk you through some of the more important sections of the form.

Earnings record: This is the record of your taxed Social Security earnings, in other words this is the amount of your total income that is subject to payroll tax. The […]

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Is It Wise To Hire A Social Security Lawyer?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD, SSI, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Unfortunately, the greatest majority of claims for Social Security disability benefits are denied at the initial application stage as well as when the application is returned for reconsideration. As a result a claimant can expect to attend a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. If the claimant did not engage a Social Security lawyer in Waukegan to assist with the application, he or she should give serious consideration to hiring an attorney at this stage. Although no lawyer can guarantee that they will win the case on behalf […]

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Can An Attorney Help If You Were Denied Social Security Disability Benefits?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in SSD on Friday, August 19, 2016.

There is no specific requirement that you have a lawyer with you during your disability hearing, but the chances of success are far better if you do. It has been proven time after time that an applicant for disability benefits that is represented by an experienced Social Security attorney in Rockford is twice as likely to be granted approval vs. an applicant that does not have an attorney.

What is the disability hearing?

There are five possible stages when applying for disability benefits: in the likely event the initial application is denied […]

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Common Mistakes That Are Made After A Disability Application Was Denied

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in General on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

A successful application for Social Security disability benefits is far from being a give. As a matter of fact, about three quarters of all applications for either SSDI or SSI are rejected. Often times, when rejection occurs applicants have made errors that are detrimental to their case. The following are common mistakes we see often in applications for Social Security disability benefits:

Failure to pursue the claim: There are many applicants that simply fail to pursue their claim once their initial application is denied. Perhaps they are not aware that there […]

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What Happens Next If Your Application For Disability Benefits Is Denied?

On behalf of Jeffrey Rabin of Jeffrey A. Rabin & Associates, Ltd. posted in General on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

If your initial application for Social Security disability benefits is denied you are not alone. Of all the applicants that apply for Social Security disability benefits in Illinois, 65% of applicants are denied at the first level. There are numerous reasons for the denial, maybe your income is too high or perhaps the prognosis is that your disability will not last 12 months. However, do not give up if you are denied, you have the right to appeal. There are a number of levels of appeal. The appeals process is […]

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