FILING FOR DISABILITY IN NEVADA
HOW TO FILE FOR DISABILITY BENEFITS IN NEVADA
If you have a disability that prevents you from working, you 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 though 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, the 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 Easy Ways on Filing 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 ssa.gov.
- 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 office of Disability Determination Services (DDS). DDS reviews medical records and other forms of medical evidence to assist the Social Security Administration office with 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.
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 17,000 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. Most importantly, we can represent you at your hearing in Nevada. We are familiar with the judges and procedures at the Office of Hearings Operations. If you need help in Nevada, contact Cannon Disability Law today.