The residents of Lincoln (Lancaster County), Nebraska are entitled to disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) if they are unable to work as a result of a disabling condition. If you have a strong work history, you should apply for SSDI, if not for SSI. As of December 2011, there were 5,905 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 4,396 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Lancaster County. A Lincoln disability attorney can help you apply for disability benefits with no upfront cost.
More information about how to qualify for disability can be found here.
The two closest SSA offices to the Lincoln area are:
100 Centennial Mall N
Lincoln, NE 68508
Telephone: (866) 593-2880
2630 Eastside Blvd
Beatrice, NE 68310
Telephone: (402) 223-2309
Lincoln Disability Attorney
The SSA is very strict when comes to approving claims. Most applicants are initially denied and it takes most people over a year to be approved for disability. Given the fact that getting approved for benefits is no easy task, you should consider hiring a Lincoln disability attorney or advocate to help you with your claim.
Learn more about the benefits of hiring an attorney.
A Lincoln Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Lancaster County, Saunders County, Cass County, Otoe County, Johnson County, Gage County, Seward County, Saline County, and Butler County: Waverly, Eagle, Palmyra, Bennet, Roca, Denton, Pleasant Dale, Malcomb, Raymond, Milford, Seward, Valparaiso, Ashland, Spingfield, and Omaha.
Lincoln SSD Hearings
The disability hearing is the 3rd step in the application process, followed by the initial claim and the request for reconsideration stages. All Lincoln disability applicants will have their hearings at the Omaha hearing office.
As of March 2013, the average wait time to have a hearing scheduled at the Omaha Office is 381 days and a total of 2,649 cases are pending (still waiting for the hearing).
381 days can be a long time to wait if you are in a difficult financial or medical condition. One option to speed up your hearing is to contact your congressman and request that he makes a congressional inquiry into your claim.
Office of Jeff Fortenberry
301 South 13th Street, Suite 100
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 438-1598
Between October 2012 and January 2013, the Omaha Office had a total of 800 hearings scheduled and only 76.5% of them have had a decision rendered (approved or denied) thus far. Approximately 175 of the hearings were held through video conferencing.
Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) are the individuals who are charged with the task of making a decision on claims during the hearing stage. There are a total of 5 ALJs at the Omaha office and they were able to hold about 9 hearings per day combined.
Lincoln Disability Attorneys will often be familiar with the judges at this office and can use that your advantage during your disability hearing.
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