Social Security Disability

Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) provides monthly income for people who are 65 or older, blind or disabled and who have very limited income. Children with disabilities may also qualify for SSI if their families have limited income and assets.  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD) provides monthly income to workers who become disabled and to certain family members.

The definition of disability for Social Security purposes means that an adult is not able to engage in “substantial gainful activity” (SGA) because of a physical or mental impairment, that was determined medically, which has lasted or is expected to last for at least 12 months, or is expected to result in death.

A child is considered disabled for SSI purposes if he or she has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment (or combination of impairments); and the impairment(s) results in marked and severe functional limitations; and the impairment(s) has lasted (or is expected to last) for at least one year or to result in death.

JEP Lawyers working on Social Security Disability provide services that may include:

  • Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits
  • Appealing a Social Security Disability decision
  • Handling Social Security overpayment matters
  • Handling Continuing Disability Review (CDR) matters
  • Handling Age 18 Redetermination matters
  • Stacey Dembo

    Law Offices of Stacey J. Dembo, LLC

    Serves in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties

    Stacey J. Dembo has dedicated her practice to representing adults and children with disabilities in Social Security Disability and/or SSI benefit cases. After practicing with a Chicago-area Social Security Disability firm for several years, Stacey formed the Law Offices of Stacey J. Dembo, LLC in 2014. Stacey strives to provide vigorous, compassionate, and empathetic representation for people with disabilities in Social Security matters. Stacey is a member of the Chicago Bar Association where she served as the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the Social Security Law Committee. She is also a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives (NOSSCR) where she is the current co-chairperson of the Young Members Committee. She volunteers frequently within the community, providing legal services on a pro bono basis to people with disabilities and low income individuals at CARPLS, Equip for Equality, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services and the Jewish United Fund Legal Services Clinic.

    Stacey can be reached at (312) 702-1492 or This firm does not charge a consultation fee.