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Chicago Social Security attorney, depressive disorders, disability benefits, depression disability, Social Security Disability InsuranceAlthough depression is dismissed by many people as “just feeling sad” or “having a bad day,” in reality it is a serious mental disorder that affects millions of Americans. In fact, depressive disorders are among the most common sources of Social Security Disability Insurance claims.

Psychiatrist's “One-Time Evaluation” of Disability Applicant Still Valid

Getting Social Security to actually recognize an applicant's depression as a disability, of course, is not always simple. Even with a diagnosis from your treating physician, a Social Security administrative law judge (ALJ) may attempt to minimize or outright dismiss your depression as a serious disorder. In many cases, the ALJ will even try to bypass your doctor's treatment opinions by citing third-party “experts” who review your medical records but never personally examine you.


Chicago Social Security disability attorney, social security disability hearings,  disability applicant, disability hearings, disability benefitsPeople frequently joke about how slow the government can be when it comes to performing basic tasks. But there is nothing funny when you have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance and are waiting for a hearing.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is struggling with an ever-growing backlog of disability claims, leaving many people striving to make ends meet. And in far too many cases, disability applicants pass away before their case is even heard by the SSA.

Chicago Residents Wait an Average of 16 Months for Social Security Hearings


disability claims, Chicago disability benefits lawyer, disability appeals, disability benefits, Denied Disability BenefitsIt is common knowledge that disability claims involving fibromyalgia—a chronic pain condition that often prevents an individual from working—are frequently dismissed by the Social Security Administration without proper justification. It is simply easier to say the applicant is “faking” or exaggerating their pain symptoms. But many judges have criticized Social Security for its lackadaisical (and legally incorrect) approach.

Court Ignored Staff Memo Favoring Reversal of Social Security

In fact, one of the nation's most prominent judges recently used the occasion of his retirement to criticize his former colleagues for recently affirming Social Security's denial of a fibromyalgia-based disability claim.

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