FILING FOR DISABILITY IN NEVADA
HOW TO FILE FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS IN NEVADA
Filing for disability in Nevada is important. Especially, if you have a disability that prevents you from working, You may need help filing for Social Security disability benefits in Nevada. There are two federal programs that can help you. The first is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD). The second program is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Nevada, unlike some states, does not have a short–term disability insurance program. However, your employer may offer short-term disability insurance through a private company. Your employer may also offer maternity and paternity leave benefits or long-term disability benefits. Additionally, there are federal benefits available through an employer, like FMLA.
Privately, there are two types of disability insurance that you can purchase: short-term and long-term. Short-term will typically replace a portion of your salary from three to six months following the onset of a disability. Long-term benefits will generally begin six months after your disability and can last a few years until you are able to return to work, or even until retirement age.
Disability insurance is not the same as workers’ compensation. In the case of disability insurance, injury or illness does not have to be the result of a workplace incident or event. In fact, research by the U.S. Department of Education shows that the most common causes of long-term disability are heart disease, back injury, and cancer. Shortly thereafter, are mental impairments such as anxiety and depression.
THREE WAYS TO FILE FOR DISABILITY IN NEVADA
Here are three easy ways to apply or file your application for disability in Nevada. Probably the simplest way to file an application is to file online. If you don’t have a computer or access to one, you can still apply over the telephone or in-person. Benefits begin from the date you file your application, so the longer you wait to file, the more money you lose.
- Online: You can apply online at the Social Security website.
- Telephone: You can apply over the telephone by calling the SSA’s toll-free customer service line at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778)
- In-person: You can apply in-person at your local Social Security field office.
DISABILITY DETERMINATION SERVICES
After you apply for benefits, your case will transfer to the Nevada office of Disability Determination Services (DDS). DDS reviews medical records and other forms of medical evidence to assist the Social Security Administration office in making prompt decisions regarding disability claims. Disability Determination Services can assist with both SSI and SSDI claims in Nevada. DDS can also request more information if they feel they do not have enough medical information to make the correct decision about your case. The address and phone number of DDS are listed below:
Disability Determination Services
1050 E. Williams Street, Room 300
Carson City, Nevada 89701-3102
This is the place where your Claims Examiner reviews your case. If you have questions or need to submit medical records, you can submit information to DDS. The Claims Examiner decides whether or not you have a qualifying disability at the initial and reconsideration level of your case. If the Claims Examiner denies your case at the reconsideration level, then you will need to file a Request for a Hearing with the SSA. It is important to file the appeals on time, at each stage of the disability process. Typically, you only have 60 days in which to appeal an unfavorable decision from the SSA.
CANNON DISABILITY LAW – THE BEST SSD ATTORNEYS IN NEVADA
At Cannon Disability Law, we are experts in applying for disability and winning disability benefits. For example, in the last 30 years, we have won over 20,000 disability cases for our clients. If you need help applying for benefits, contact our office. We can also help you appeal a denial from the SSA.
When you contact our office for help with your application, make sure you know the basic about your case. We will need to know your birthdate, wedding date, divorce date, and the date you last worked. Also, we will need to know the names, addresses and phone numbers of your doctors. The application asks basic information about your family and your children. You will also need a list of the places you have worked and what you did for your job at each workplace. The SSA needs to know this information in order to process your application.
WORKING WITH YOUR LEGAL TEAM TO WIN YOUR NEVADA DISABILITY CASE
Obviously, we cannot file an application for you without your help. That is why we say that we are your legal team. A team requires teamwork, from all of the players. We may be experts at disability law, but you are the expert on the facts of your life. We will also need to know why you cannot work and the symptoms of your disability. There are many forms we will need you to complete for the SSA. Forms such as the Activities of Daily Living Form or the Work History form. First, you complete it. Do it in pencil. If you have questions or need help with the form, we can answer questions about it. If you made a mistake, then you can erase it if you started in pencil.
After we file your application, we will then need to collect your medical records. We will need your help to do collect your records from your physicians, counselors, and physical therapists. If you don’t give us the information about your treating sources, then we will not be able to contact them on your behalf.
Most importantly, after we file your application, we can represent you at your hearing in Nevada. If your case goes through a denial at the initial and reconsideration phases of the disability appeals process, then we will request a hearing for you. We will prepare you for your hearing testimony. Likewise, we are familiar with the judges at the Nevada Office of Hearings Operations. We can tell you the kinds of questions they will ask you at your hearing. Let us help you win your SSD and SSI case. If you need help in Nevada with your Social Security Disability case, contact Cannon Disability Law today.