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disability benefits, Chicago Social Security disability attorney, mental illness, prison benefits, disability applicantThousands of Illinois residents are presently in jail. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, there are more than 44,000 state prisoners currently serving sentences. Although inmates are obviously unable to work while incarcerated, that does not qualify them for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. In fact, if you were awarded disability prior to beginning your sentence, your benefits will be suspended as long as you remain in jail.

Social Security Ignored Evidence of Prisoner's Mental Illness

Of course, you are still free to seek disability benefits for any period during which you are unable to work and not in prison. Unfortunately, given Social Security's hostility to law-abiding disability applicants, it should come as no surprise the agency is often quick to dismiss cases brought by current and former inmates.


b2ap3_thumbnail_mental-illness-disability-benefits-Chicago_20161014-231700_1.jpgSocial Security officials are not doctors. Yet when assessing claims for disability benefits, they often pretend they know more about medical impairments than even the applicant’s treating physician. Such presumptions are inconsistent with the law and courts frequently chide Social Security for “playing doctor.”

Social Security Confuses “Negative” Symptoms of Schizophrenia With “No” Symptoms

Just recently, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ordered Social Security to reconsider the disability claim of a man suffering from schizophrenia because the agency’s administrative law judge (ALJ) “misunderstood” the medical evidence in the case.


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