Social Security Disability FAQ
Have questions about SSD? Shook & Stone has answers!
Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can be done on one's own, but many people unfortunately
have their claims denied and overall struggle to gain access to the benefits
that are rightly theirs. The Nevada personal injury lawyers at Shook &
Stone do provide SSD representation to clients who need legal assistance
through the process. Listed below are some of the most frequently asked
questions about the benefits themselves as well as the process of filing
What is SSD?
Social Security disability is a government program that provides benefits
to those who have been injured or are otherwise unable to work for a period
of one year or more.
How can I apply for SSD?
Anyone can visit their closest Social Security Administration (SSA) office
and fill out an application for benefits. This can be done without representation.
However, due to the high rate of SSD denials, it may be beneficial to
have a lawyer guide you through the process so that your application is
complete and correct.
What is required to receive disability benefits?
To receive SSD benefits, workers must have "paid in" to the
system throughout their employment. In some cases, individuals are entitled
to SSD benefits even if they have no paid into the system for the typically-required
amount of time.
How common is it for a claim to be denied?
It is more common for an SSD claim to be initially denied than it is to
be approved. Approximately 65 percent of all initial claims are denied
while that rate increases at each additional level of appeal.
How could an attorney help me?
Attorneys like those at Shook & Stone are able to gather the necessary
medical evidence and other crucial pieces of information to build a strong
case before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). A claim denial could potentially
be reversed after it was initially denied. While an attorney is not necessarily,
it can be exceedingly helpful.
If a non-attorney and non-licensed representative can help, why should
I hire Shook & Stone?
Because SSD is an area of administrative law, non-attorney representatives
and even unlicensed representatives can assist with Social Security claims.
While this is permissible, it may not be as helpful as hiring a lawyer.
SSD is still an area of law, which is why attorneys will best understand
the codes as well as federal case law that interprets those codes. Also,
if your case does go to federal court, then only an attorney can represent you.
What are SSI benefits?
SSI benefits are much like SSD benefits. The main difference is that SSD
benefits are for those who have paid into the system, while SSI benefits
are for those who are disabled and cannot work but have also not paid
into the system. Typically, SSI recipients are lower income.
What is unique about Shook & Stone's SSD representation?
At Shook & Stone, we have individuals on staff who previously worked
for the Social Security Administration (SSA). This kind of firsthand knowledge
and insight into the government system proves extremely valuable to the
firm and its Social Security clients.
For more answers, contact the firm today!
If you still have questions about your SSD claim and how an attorney from
Shook & Stone can assist you, please do not hesitate to call us. Our
firm is passionate about getting its clients the benefits that they rightfully
deserve. Let the skill and experience of our firm go to work for you.
Contact a Las Vegas Social Security disability attorney at Shook & Stone today.