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July 1, 2021

If you are unable to work because of a medical condition, you may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This blog provides answers some of our clients’ most frequently asked questions about the Social Security disability program and applying for benefits. 

Nebraska Social Security Disability Lawyer 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure needed benefits to support yourself. 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

The 5 Most Common Disability FAQ


  1. Who can receive Social Security Disability benefits? To receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must have worked long enough to have earned sufficient credits to be covered by the program. While the length of employment needed to get those credits can vary depending on your age and work credits, it usually means having worked about 5 years full-time out of the last 10 years. You can earn up to 4 credits annually, and 40 credits are needed to qualify for SSDI with 20 of those credits having been earned in the last 10 years before the disability claim was filed.
  2. How long will my claims process take? The claims process can vary greatly as far as the timeframe. As an example, a claim with the supporting documentation and that is for a condition that is on the compassionate allowances list (CAL), it can be approved in a few weeks. However, many claims advance to the hearing level. When that happens, it can take several months – sometimes longer than a year – to get a claim approved.
  3. What documents do I need for the claims process? You will need to gather several documents to get your disability claim underway. You will need your birth certificate, W-2 forms or 1099 forms or self-employment records from the prior year, an adult disability report that lists the details of your work history and medical condition, medical evidence and supporting documentation such as physician notes and test results, and information regarding workers’ compensation or any other benefits. An experienced Social Security Disability attorney can assist you with gathering your medical records.
  4. What if my claim is denied? Even if you are eligible to receive disability benefits, it is not uncommon to have your claim denied initially. If your claim is denied, you will need to appeal the decision, which is called a request for reconsideration. You must file an appeal before time runs out – any denial letter will tell you what the deadline is for appealing the decision. If the claim is denied on reconsideration, you can ask for a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). The odds of a claim being approved are the best on the hearing level, but if your claim is denied on the hearing level, you can still appeal that decision.
  5. How can a lawyer help with my disability claim? The Social Security Administration (SSA) has released data that shows claimants who are represented by an attorney have a much greater chance of being awarded disability benefits. A lawyer can gather supporting evidence and medical documentation and ensure your file is in order and you have all the information needed to support your disability claim.

How to File a Social Security Disability Claim 

If you are unable to work because of a medical condition, you should enlist the help of a disability lawyer. At Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., our team is ready and willing to go the extra mile for you. Don’t wait. 

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 workers’ compensation case, a personal injury claim, a medical malpractice case, or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

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