Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits exist to provide supplemental income to individuals whose injuries prevent or restrict their ability to work.
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SSD cases can be highly complex. SSD procedures involve a great deal of dense legal work, numerous eligibility requirements, and many federal regulations. Depending on whether your disability is temporary or permanent, your SSD payments may be supplied on a temporary or permanent basis.
The experienced Las Vegas and Reno Social Security Disability attorneys at Shook & Stone have worked on a variety of Social Security Disability cases, and have helped many injured and disabled clients receive the compensation they need and deserve.
If you are looking for qualified counsel to help you through the SSD process, please do not hesitate to contact our skilled legal team.
Stage 1: Must be declared “disabled” by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA has its own definition of what qualifies as a “disability.” You must provide proof of a permanent disability, or a condition that has lasted or is expected to last more than one year. Your physical condition must prevent you from performing the duties of your previous job, and from finding a new line of work.
Stage 2: Work requirements. Since Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is funded by the Social Security tax fund, applicants must have paid Social Security taxes through their work wages for a sufficient amount of time. Known as work credits, your work history and tax payments play a large role in qualifying for SSD.
The SSD application process is notoriously lengthy, complicated and highly selective.
In Nevada, there are numerous federal agencies and offices involved—and due to an increasing volume of claims, they frequently deny applicants. Denial rates during the initial stage of the SSD process are currently above 60 percent. During the appeals process, that rises to more than 80 percent.
According to the Social Security Administration, most denials are the result of insufficient medical documentation, insufficient work history, and the high percentage of applicants who don’t know the proper procedures to pursue their claim.
At Shook & Stone, our goal is to work closely with you to prevent any errors in your application, and to greatly reduce your risk of being denied.
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At Shook & Stone, we have worked with numerous injured clients who had a genuine need for financial assistance. Their disabilities or illnesses prevented them from working, and contributed to a great deal of negative consequences for their personal and financial well-being.
Our Social Security Disability attorneys want to help all injured residents of Las Vegas, Reno, Henderson, and the entire state of Nevada. We will walk you through applying for Social Security benefits, giving you the best possible chance of being accepted.
The Las Vegas and Reno Social Security Disability lawyers at Shook & Stone have more than 85 years of combined legal experience, and have recovered more than $500 million in compensation for our clients all over Nevada and surrounding areas.
If you are looking for experienced and knowledgeable legal assistance with your Social Security Disability claim, contact our firm today.