NEVADA DISABILITY BENEFITS
The Disability Process in Nevada
If you live in Nevada and need disability benefits, you also need an attorney. Most people who are suffering from a disability and can no longer work should apply for disability benefits. You can apply for disability benefits no matter where you live in Nevada. There are Social Security offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Henderson, and North Las Vegas.
Fortunately, the federal government offers two programs to help you. The first is SSD benefits. Social Security Disability (SSD) are for those who work and pay into the Social Security system. The second is SSI benefits. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is for those who work sporadically or who work below a certain income level. SSI is also for those who have a disability and do not work. While these are federal programs, a Nevada state agency decides who is disabled and who is not.
Disability Benefits From the State of Nevada
Nevada pays an additional amount of SSI benefits to those who are blind. The monthly SSI amount depends on your living arrangements. A blind person living on their own will receive a total of approximately $880 in state and federal payments. A person living in someone else’s household will receive a total of $727.96. And those living in private nursing homes receive a total of $1,162 per month, but the majority of that money goes to reimburse the facility. Nevada residents are also automatically eligible for Medicaid from the State of Nevada when they are approved for SSI. Unlike some states, Nevada does not pay temporary short-term benefits to those who are disabled.
Appeals and the Hearing Office
After your case proceeds through the initial and reconsideration stages, your attorney will file a request for a hearing. The initial stage is after you file your application. It usually takes 3-6 months for the SSA to evaluate your case. The reconsideration stage occurs after you appeal an initial denial of benefits. At the reconsideration stage, the SSA may send you to see a consultative examiner. Finally, if you receive a reconsideration denial, it is time to apply for a hearing. If you hire our office, we will file that request for you.
The Nevada Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) is in the downtown federal building in Las Vegas. The office has a number of judges who hear disability cases. It will take some time to obtain a hearing date. On average, it takes approximately 12 to 18 months to get a hearing in the Las Vegas hearing office. The SSA also holds hearings in Reno, Nevada. Your case is assigned to one of the hearing offices depending upon where you live.
Finding a Disability Lawyer with Experience
If you want legal representation at your disability hearing, and you should, hire Cannon Disability Law. You need to know the questions the Judge will ask you. Also, you need to know what are the most important issues in your case. That is why you hire a lawyer, because we have gone to court before and we know what is going to happen. We can also help you by reviewing the questions judge’s typically ask at disability hearings. If you speak Spanish, we also have an attorney and staff that speak fluent Spanish.
In court, there are always rules and there are ways you can explain your case that will make the most sense to the judge. If you don’t hire an attorney, there is a good chance you will not win your case at the hearing level. Don’t take that chance. Hire a lawyer in Nevada with the experience you need to win your case. In the last 30 years, we have won over 20,000 disability hearings for our clients. If you contact us today, we can help you too.