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Getting The Financial Support You Need Through SSDI

The last thing anyone wants to have to do is navigate government websites and fill out mountains of paperwork. This can be especially daunting if you or your family member is in pain or cognitively disabled.

At McHenry Haszard Law in Lincoln, we understand the obstacles you face. As Nebraska attorneys with decades of experience with Social Security, we can help. Here are some of the more common questions we get, and their answers.

What qualifies as a disability?

There is a list of 15 impairments used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine whether an applicant qualifies. This list is called the “blue book.” However, any serious injury, illness, disease, disorder, impairment or incapacity may make an application eligible. If you are unsure whether or not you or a loved one will qualify, it may be in your best interest to first consult an attorney who handles Social Security Disability Insurance (called SSD or SSDI).

Are SSI and SSDI the same thing?

No. These are two different programs. They are both run by the SSA. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is basically for people who have not worked. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is typically for people who have worked for at least 10 years. Some people think of SSDI as “early retirement” Social Security.

Can I get both SSI and SSDI?

Yes. This is a complex situation where the advice of an attorney who handles SSI and SSDI can best advise you on how to proceed.

Does working with an attorney help?

We believe it does. We know from studies that have been done that working with an attorney does improve an applicant’s chance of obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This is because attorneys who work in SSDI know exactly what is needed to file a complete application. Our team of experienced attorneys also knows the specific steps to take if an application is denied. The two main reasons an application will not be approved are (1) because important information is missing and (2) the application wasn’t filled out correctly.

We Are Here To Answer Your Questions

We know that the application process can be cumbersome, confusing and at times overwhelming. We can help you navigate the SSDI system and ensure that you file a complete and accurate application. Call 402-858-4263 and speak with us about your situation. We can then arrange a meeting to go over the process and let you know how we can help. You can also reach our team via our online contact form. In Lincoln, we help SSDI applicants throughout the city and surrounding communities.