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DisabilityThe Top 5 Most Common Disabilities in Nebraska

April 19, 2021

More than 10 million people throughout the United States receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, according to a 2015 agency report. About 1.5% of Nebraska’s population receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and about 4% of the state’s population receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This means 5.5% of Nebraskans receive disability benefits. This blog outlines five of the most common disabilities experienced by residents of the Cornhusker State.

Nebraska Social Security Disability Lawyer 

The Social Security Disability lawyer at Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. can help you secure needed benefits to support yourself. Our experienced  disability attorney 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

5 Types of Disabilities Among Disabled Nebraskans 

People apply for disability benefits for different reasons. There are countless conditions that are considered disabling depending on severity of the condition. Here, Watson & Carroll’s disability team offers a rundown of some of the more common disabilities in the state. 

  1. Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue disorders – these include back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, and similar conditions. This may include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, ruptured discs, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), Raynaud’s syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus, and cutaneous lupus.
  2. Mental disorders – there are dozens of mental disorders, but some of the more common conditions include mood disorders, depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism, and Asperger’s syndrome. Different learning disabilities may also be included in this group. 
  3. Cardiovascular conditions and circulatory disorders – this includes different heart conditions, such as congestive heart failure and arrhythmias, hypertension, coronary heart disease, congenital heart defects, and angina.
  4. Cancer – any kind of cancer, including breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, thyroid cancer, bone cancer, and leukemia.
  5. Nervous systems and conditions of the sensory organs – these conditions include epilepsy, blindness or vision loss, Parkinson’s disease, hearing loss or deafness, neuropathy, neuralgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and other neurological disorders. 

How to Win Your Disability Case 

Supporting evidence, specifically medical documentation, is an essential part of a successful disability claim. You will need to prepare a detailed list of your healthcare providers, their contact details, and the approximate dates that you received care. If your treating physician will complete a residual functional capacity (RFC) form, it could be a real asset to your disability claim. 

Without the evidence to back up your claim, your likelihood of receiving benefits will decrease greatly. You must show that what you claim is medically accurate, and that your condition has lasted – or is expected to last – at least 12 months. Physician notes, exam records, lab reports, test results, treatment plans, prognosis, applicable surgical notes, and pathology reports all play a role in determining the success of your disability claim. 

Get Legal Guidance

A study conducted by the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that people pursuing disability benefits who had enlisted the help of a disability lawyer were three times more likely to be awarded disability benefits than claimants who did not enlist the help of legal representation. 

You can hire an attorney at any point during the disability claims process, so if you have already filed your claim, you can still enlist the help of a Nebraska disability attorney. 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. 

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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