I’m helping my 27-year-old sister apply for disability benefits in Lincoln because of her intellectual disability. However, she can’t understand most of the questions and is only able to pay attention for a few minutes at a time. What can I do?

Document. Your sister is clearly unable to apply for disability benefits in Lincoln independently, so the very situation you are presenting is a key piece of evidence for her case.

Anyone who is unable to understand and coherently respond to basic questions about their health and mental capacity would clearly be unable to function in the workplace without much more supervision than most employers can readily provide.

If possible, keep track of the following:

  • The number of times you’ve attempted to fill out paperwork with your sister,
  • Her apparent level of comprehension for application questions,
  • What responses she gave to application questions, if any,
  • How long she was able to focus on the task,
  • Any behavioral issues she demonstrated during the process.

With this information, you can write a detailed statement to the SSA explaining that your sister’s impairments are so severe she was unable to apply for disability benefits on her own. Statements from family members are most effective as support for primary evidence, typically in the form of hard medical evidence.

Hiring a Lincoln Disability lawyer for your sister’s case before she applies is in your best interests. Intellectual disability claims can be difficult to win even when you are experienced with the Social Security system. Working with an attorney could help her claim be approved in a much shorter time frame—significantly limiting mistakes and unnecessary delays.

Call 402-933-5405 or 402 261-4005 today for a free evaluation.We meet with clients by appointment at 3800 Normal Blvd.,Ste 201, Lincoln, NE 68506.  Be sure to request our complimentary booklet, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case.

Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska