Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
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Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in Nevada
Claimants who are represented on disability claims in Nevada tend to have a higher rate of approval, a need for fewer appeals, and more favorable "dates of onset" (the date the disability is proven to have begun) that lead to higher back pay benefits.
Representation may be through a disability lawyer or a specialized non-attorney disability representative. Many non-attorney reps are former Social Security Administration Claims Specialists and Disability Examiners with an extended history of working from within the federal system.
A qualified disability representative will have a knowledge of Social Security administrative law, particularly with regard to how claims are approved through the Social Security listings and the medical vocational grid rules. A qualified and competent disability representative or lawyer will also be skilled in the ability to obtain the most relevant case evidence, analyze it correctly, and incorporate it as part of a winning strategy for a claim.
To learn about fees for representation, see: "How do disability lawyers get paid?"
If you are considering filing for Social Security Disability (SSD) or filing for SSI in Nevada, you may be wondering if you really need legal representation. The good news is that Nevada residents stand a better chance of being approved for disability benefits than disability applicants in other states.
Almost half (49.6%) of all initial disability claims filed in Nevada are given an approval by the Nevada state disability determination services agency, and 27.6% of those cases that were denied initially are approved upon reconsideration appeal (a request that a state disability examiner review, or reconsider the facts in the case).
Of course, these statistics still mean that a significant number of disability applicants in Nevada will not be awarded social security disability benefits, and will have to decide if they will give up, file a brand new claim, or appeal their case again.
For those suffering from medical conditions or physical conditions that are interfering with their ability to make a living, giving up is not an option, and there are very few instances in which it is advisable to file a new claim, the exception being in those cases in which a claim was denied based on a technicality, such as failure to meet financial requirements or failure to file an appeal within the required 60-day deadline.
For most, the best option is to file a second appeal, i.e. a request to have their case heard before an administrative law judge. Not only will you avoid the need to wait months for a decision on your claim/appeal from the disability agency, but you will also have the opportunity to take your case out of the state disability determination services agency in which it has been unsuccessful.
If you decide to file a request for a hearing before a federal administrative law judge, you should definitely strongly consider getting a disability attorney. Studies have shown that judges tend to decide in favor of the claimant more often when there are social security attorneys involved, and that having a disability lawyer present your case can increase your odds of winning benefits from a judge by as much as 50%.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria