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July 14, 2022

If you are foreign-born with a medical condition that prevents you from earning a living, you may qualify for disability benefits. The key is understanding the SSA’s rules  designed specifically for non-citizens as well as seeking the help of an experienced disability lawyer. This blog reviews the government’s criteria for receiving disability benefits as an immigrant who is injured, ill or has another medical condition that keeps you from working. 

Social Security Disability Lawyer in Omaha and Council Bluffs 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help non-citizens secure benefits needed  to support yourself — even if you weren’t born in the U.S. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

Can Immigrants Receive SSDI? 

If you are a non-citizen who has worked and paid into  Social Security Benefits before becoming disabled, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). It works like this: 

  • For any work quarters that you have earned credits for after December 31, 2003, you must have a Social Security number that is valid for work purposes. 
  • To qualify for disability benefits, you must legally be in the United States, which means you must have a valid Social Security number, have been inspected by DHS, and not violated the admission terms of the country.

Do I Qualify For Disability Benefits 

The SSA uses a medical guide — called the Blue Book — that lists  qualifying disabling conditions. Each condition has specific medical criteria that must be met. In addition: 

  • You must have supporting documentation and hard medical evidence that confirms the condition and its severity. 
  • You  must prove how it affects your ability to work and earn a living. 
  • You must be able to show that you are unable to work and earn a living for at least 12 months. 

This is why a disability attorney on board is instrumental to a successful claim. Your lawyer will determine if you qualify and help you gather all the supporting evidence and documentation you need for your disability claim. 

There are hundreds of medical conditions included in the Blue Book, and each condition is considered disabling by the SSA just so long as there are specific criteria met. Among other things, your records must confirm diagnosis, detail a treatment plan, and detail your limitations and restrictions. 

How to File a Social Security Disability Claim 

If you are a disabled non-citizen who is interested in applying for disability benefits, you should enlist the help of an experienced disability attorney with Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. We have helped thousands of disabled workers access the disability benefits that they need to cover basic living expenses while they are unable to work and earn a living. Contact us today to get your disability claim underway. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a medical malpractice case or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

Our firm can help. Call 402-991-2100 or email contact@watsoncarroll.com. You also can fill out our confidential contact form

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