Becoming disabled to the point where you are no longer able to work is
extremely frustrating, confusing, and stressful. Not only are you leaving behind a career you enjoyed, you are also dealing
with injuries and possibly thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Most people who develop disabilities have difficulty finding work—or
can never work again. In 2015, only 40.7 percent of working-age adults
with disabilities were employed. For most disabled adults, finding work
is not an option. In those cases, it’s more than necessary to receive
Social Security disability benefits.
The good news is that, if you do become disabled to the point that you
cannot work, you have options. The state of Nevada offers Social Security
disability benefits to Nevadans who meet certain eligibility requirements.
These financial benefits can greatly offset the costs associated with
regular medical care and joblessness.
If you are thinking about applying for Social Security disability in Nevada,
read on to learn about the requirements, application process, and legal
options available to you.
Who Is Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Generally, in order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits,
you must have worked long enough in a job where you paid Social Security
taxes (FICA). When you are employed, you earn a certain number of “work
credits” for each year that you work. To be eligible for Social
Security disability benefits, you must have earned enough work credits
by the time you become disabled. Find out more about work credits at the
Social Security Administration website.
If you have not worked long enough to receive Social Security disability
benefits, but cannot work and have low income and assets, you may qualify for
Supplemental Security Income.
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), there are
several qualifications you must meet to be considered disabled:
●You cannot continue doing the same work you did before you became disabled.
Your disability must interfere with your work activities and your ability
to perform your job.
●Your disability stops you from adjusting to other forms of work. If you
become disabled and cannot perform the same type of work you did prior
to your disability, the SSA will determine if you may be able to perform
a different type of work. They will take into account your age, medical
conditions, skills, education, and work experience. If it is determined
that your disability prevents you from adjusting to another type of work,
you may be considered disabled.
●Your disability, injury, or illness will most likely persist for a year
or more, or will likely lead to death. If your severe condition persists
for a long period, the SSA may consider you to be living with a disability.
You can apply for Social Security disability benefits if you are 18 years
old, not currently receiving Social Security benefits, unable to work
because of a mental condition that is expected to last one year or more,
and have not been denied Social Security benefits in the last 60 days.
How to Apply for Social Security Disability
Applying for Social Security disability can be a complicated process. You need to collect various personal documents
and information, such as your birth certificate, W-2 forms, proof of U.S.
citizenship, and more. There are four different ways you can apply:
online, via mail, in person at your local Social Security office, and by phone
at 1-800-772-1213. Find out more at the
Once you are injured or become disabled, it is recommended that you begin
the Social Security disability application process as soon as you can
to start receiving benefits. If you are confused by the application process,
you may benefit from seeking legal advice or assistance.
How Does the Social Security Disability Claims Process Work?
Social Security disability claim is approved, you will not receive payments for five months after you become disabled,
due to the SSA’s waiting period. After this period, you will receive
monthly payments intended to supplement your limited income and offset
medical bills. You will continue to receive payment as long as you are
However, the approval process often takes about three to five months. If
you are approved after the five-month waiting period, you will receive
disability back-pay checks. If you have family members or dependents living
with you, they may also be eligible for partial disability benefits.
Why Seek Legal Help for Your Social Security Disability Claim?
In the state of Nevada, 49.6 percent of all initial disability claims are approved, and 27.6
are approved after an appeal. Working with a Social Security disability
lawyer can greatly increase your chances of
getting an approval on your claim.
Social Security lawyers are well-versed in the complex Social Security
laws and regulations, and can help ensure you receive the financial benefits
you need to manage a debilitating disability and pay your medical bills.
If you have developed a disability, you can take comfort in the fact that
you don’t have to go through it alone. The personal injury lawyers at
Shook & Stone have decades of experience assisting clients with
Social Security disability claims.
Increase your chance of receiving social security disability benefits,
or find out what your chances are of qualifying with skilled, experienced
personal injury lawyers. A Las Vegas personal injury lawyer can also help you
appeal a case if it has been
denied by the SSA.
Contact Shook & Stone for your
free case evaluation.