When you are a person living with a physical or mental disability, just getting through your life on a day-to-day basis can be a struggle. You should not have to worry about paying your bills and feeding your family, and you certainly shouldn't have to worry about a confusing application for disability benefits or how to appeal a Social Security or VA denial. Going to the local SSA or VA office means having to wait in long lines just to talk to someone. When you call on the phone, there’s another long wait before your call is answered. Improve the chances of your disability application or appeal being approved by utilizing our Veterans and Social Security disability attorneys.
Applying For Disability Benefits Can Be Exhausting & Confusing. Let Our Father and Son Team Represent You.
At Cuddigan Law, disability is the only legal area our firm handles. Working with his son Sean Cuddigan , attorney Tim Cuddigan has been strictly devoted to helping thousands of people across Nebraska and Western Iowa with their Social Security and Veterans disability needs.
We primarily serve Veterans living in Nebraksa, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Minnesota, and South Dakota. We serve the Social Security Disability needs of the western Iowa cities of Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Atlanta, Creston, and Shenandoah along with their neighboring communities. We also serve the Social Security needs of Nebraska including the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Norfolk, Kearney, Nebraska City, Fremont, and the surrounding communities.
We stand by your side from your initial application all the way to federal court—or we can jump in if you tried to go it alone and feel you finally need some legal assistance.
“How Can a Disability Attorney Help My Case?”
If you've been looking around for the disability lawyer that seems right for you, you may have noticed that some firms don't feel as personal as others...and that's because they aren't. We will give your case the attention it needs and you the respect you deserve. Both the Social Security and the Veterans' Administration conduct their claims process electronically and we are able to help you navigate this process.
Do you really want to entrust one of the most important days of your life to someone you've never met, who isn't legally licensed to practice law?
Cuddigan Law does not have a call center. From the very beginning, you are considered part of our family and will be treated that way.
Applying for disability benefits isn't as easy as filling out a few forms and then receiving your first check. The system is complex and confusing, and the rules are different for Social Security disability than they are for disability for Veterans. Because of that, and overwhelming number of initial applications are denied. The tremendous backlog of VA benefits applications has made national headlines lately, and two out of three first-time Social Security disability claims are denied. We understand how the entire process works and can determine which disability program you may qualify for, fill out your application, gather supporting medical records, work with your doctor and present the best case possible to the Social Security Administration or the VA.
Membership in National Advocates' Groups Keep Us on Top of Changing Rules and Regulations
The National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) is an association of attorneys and other legal advocates who represent applicants for both Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Tim Cuddigan is a past president of NOSSCR, and has been a member of their Board of Directors since 2004. With over 40 years of legal experience and over 20 years of focusing his law firm on the representation of Social Security disabled clients, he's uniquely positioned to represent you before the Social Security Administration. In addition to the Cuddigan Law attorneys being sustaining members of National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, both Tim and Sean have made presentations at the national conferences to educate other Social Security advocates.
The National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates is made up of attorneys and other qualified members all united in their dedication to advocating for the disabled veterans of this nation. Both Sean and Tim Cuddigan have been accredited attorneys by the Veterans Administration since 2008. They primarily represent veterans in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri and South Dakota.
Railroad Disability Annuities
Railroad workers are not covered by Social Security for the work that they do for the railroad. Instead, they are entitled to benefits under the Railroad Retirement Act. These benefits are administered by the Railroad Retirement Board, which is a separate federal agency. Although the two systems are distinct, they function in the same way in most instances, with a few important exceptions. The administrative procedure is the same but the qualifying rules are different.
The Railroad Retirement Act provides retirement benefits to railroad employees that are similar to Social Security retirement benefits. The Railroad Retirement Act also provides disability benefits if a railroad worker becomes disabled before he or she reaches regular retirement age.
Unlike Social Security, which offers only one disability program, the Railroad Retirement Act has two types of disability benefits. A railroad worker is able to receive total disability from the Railroad Retirement Board if that employee is permanently disabled from all work and has at least 10 years (120 months) of creditable railroad service. The medical requirements for Railroad total disability are similar to those for Social Security Disability. The benefit payments are called a total disability annuity.
Under the other Railroad Retirement Act disability program, a worker can receive an occupational disability annuity from the Railroad Retirement Board if that employee has at least 20 years (240 months) of railroad service or at age 60, if that employee has 10 years (120) months of railroad service and that employee is permanently disabled from his “regular railroad occupation.” A current connection with the railroad industry is required. Unlike with Social Security Disability or Railroad Retirement Board total disability, there is no requirement that the claimant be unable to perform any substantial gainful employment. The worker simply must be unable to perform his or her job.
Hire a lawyer experienced in administrative process in disability claims. We can help complete the application and appeal forms gather them medical evidence and reports and attend the hearings. Contact Cuddigan law at (402) 933-5405 or [email protected].
Contact Us Today for a Free, No-Obligation Consultation
If you need help with your disability benefits, we encourage you to give us a call at 402-933-5405 today for a completely free evaluation. Our firm has offices in Omaha and Lincoln, making it easily accessible to individuals from western Iowa to central Nebraska. We are available for phone appointments for those who are unable to travel to our offices in Omaha or Lincoln.