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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?"


Additional information

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%.








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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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