Las Vegas Social Security Disability Lawyers
Representing individuals in Nevada seeking disability benefits
After working hard for years, or even decades, the last thing you need or want is an unexpected illness or injury. When this causes a disability that takes you off the job, we understand you are likely facing financial uncertainties and worries about the future. However, you do have options in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance, also known as SSDI. Unfortunately, many individuals are denied these benefits on their first application.
Even worse, most of these people simply give up and accept their denial, even though they earned their SSDI benefits and are entitled to them. Consulting with an SSDI attorney can greatly increase your chances of a successful outcome, and provide skilled representation at hearings and appeals. At Claggett & Sykes, we want to help. Give us a call in Las Vegas or Reno today.
- What are the different types of Social Security benefits?
- Do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits in Las Vegas or Reno?
- What if my Social Security disability application is denied?
- Where can I find Social Security offices in Las Vegas and Reno?
- Can I afford a SSDI attorney in Nevada?
- Do you have a Social Security disability attorney near me?
What are the different types of Social Security benefits?
If you live in Nevada and are no longer able to work because of a disability, the federal government offers two types of programs – Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These work differently depending on the individual and their circumstances.
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Social Security Disability is designed for employees who have worked in jobs covered by Social Security (meaning they paid into it via payroll taxes), and can no longer work because of a disability. To qualify, applicants must meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of a disability, using a list of approved medical conditions. Applicants are asked five questions to determine if they have a qualifying disability:
- Are you working?
- Is your condition severe?
- Is your condition found on the list of disabling conditions?
- Can you do the work you did previously?
- Can you do any other type of work?
There are also special allowances and rules for those who are blind or have low vision.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Supplemental Security Income “is a federal program that provides monthly payments to people who have limited income and resources. SSI is for people who are 65 or older, as well as people of any age, including children, who are blind or have disabilities.” The value of your possessions must be under $2,000 for single persons, or under $3,000 for married couples. Generally the government won’t count the value of your home or vehicle. Those who qualify for SSI typically also qualify for other benefits, like Medicaid.
Do I qualify for Social Security disability benefits in Las Vegas or Reno?
The first step in securing Social Security disability benefits is determining whether you are eligible. According to the SSA:
The law defines disability as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
For children, the definition is:
A child under age 18 will be considered disabled if he or she has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment or combination of impairments that causes marked and severe functional limitations, and that can be expected to cause death or that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.
The SSA considers the following conditions severe enough to cause disability:
What if my Social Security disability application is denied?
First – don’t panic, and don’t give up. Claggett & Sykes know how to handle SSDI appeals and can work with you to ensure yours is solid, organized, filled out properly and according to deadline. The government can make even the simplest claim a complicated affair, so putting your trust in experienced SSDI lawyers can make a huge difference in the outcome – whether you want to get it right the first time, or put together a strong appeal.
We can provide knowledgeable assistance and guidance throughout the entire appeals process, from gathering documents and employment records to speaking with representatives on your behalf. Our legal team works to strengthen and bolster your claim with things like:
- Medical records and documentation
- Earning statements and pay stubs
- Prescription and medication lists
- Treatment and therapy records and documentation
- Accident witness statements, if applicable
Our attorneys also continuously follow up with the SSA to ensure your claim is progressing. While you take the time you need to adjust to living with your injuries or disability, our legal team deals with the red tape and paperwork that comes along with these types of applications and appeals. We let you know what you need to do and when.
Where can I find Social Security offices in Las Vegas and Reno?
1250 S Buffalo Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89117
|1170 Harvard Way
Reno, NV 89502
You can also search by zip code.
Can I afford an SSDI attorney in Nevada?
Yes, you likely can. Although you don’t have to work with an attorney to secure your SSDI or SSI benefits, it’s highly recommended. The attorneys at Claggett & Sykes work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you win your case. However, the SSA puts limits on how much attorneys can charge for these services, also called caps.
This fee is typically 25% of past due benefits or $6,000, whichever is less.
Do you have a Social Security disability attorney near me?
Claggett & Sykes is located on Meadows Lane in Las Vegas, at Valley View and the 95, near Springs Preserve and Meadows Mall. We also have an office in Reno, located at 100 N. Sierra St, Suite #220. If a phone call or video call is easier for you, we can do that too – just let us know.
Nevada SSDI and SSI attorneys advocating for your benefits
If you need help with a Social Security disability application or appeal, talk to the attorneys at Claggett & Sykes Law Firm. Our decades of combined experienced make us the right choice to help secure the benefits you need and deserve. Let us get to work for you. To schedule an appointment with a skilled lawyer in Las Vegas or Reno, call us or fill out our contact form today. We serve clients throughout Nevada.