Our Las Vegas Social Security Disability Attorneys Can Help
First, you should know that most people ARE DENIED on their first attempt to obtain Social Security benefits. Don’t get discouraged. It’s important to realize that you only have 60 DAYS TO APPEAL from the date of your denial letter! If you do not appeal, you have to begin the whole process over again. This is why it’s so important to have the guidance of a local Las Vegas attorney.
To receive Social Security Disability benefits, a disabled worker must be “insured.” Insured means that the worker must have an earnings record. In other words, you must have worked long enough—and recently enough—and you must have paid into the Social Security system to qualify for Disability benefits.
In some circumstances, a third party may also make a claim on the disabled worker’s earnings record. For example, when a person dies, certain members of the family may be eligible for survivor’s benefits if the deceased worked, paid Social Security taxes, and earned enough credits.
The Social Security Administration considers you to be “disabled” under Social Security rules if:
- You cannot do work that you did before and you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s).
- Your disability has lasted or is expected to last, for at least one year or result in death.
You may be eligible for SSD benefits if you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions:
- Do you have a severe physical and/or mental impairment that prevents you from working?
- Do you have a disability that prohibits you from working in any capacity-not just in the job you held previously?
- Has your disability lasted—or is it expected to last—for at least one year?
- Is the disability life threatening?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Benefits are provided to low-income disabled children and adults. If you are injured, are unable to work, and have been denied Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits, you need to know your legal rights. Our Nevada attorneys may be able to help you.
If your application for Social Security Disability benefits was denied, you must immediately begin the appeal process. You only have 60 days to appeal the denial and preserve your claim. The SSD lawyers at Edward Bernstein & Associates understand the frustration of being denied Social Security Disability benefits that you desperately need. That’s why our Las Vegas lawyers are dedicated to guiding you through the SSD appeals process. Take advantage of our free legal evaluation offered by our Las Vegas SSD legal team.
Here is some helpful information from the Social Security Administration website:
We pay disability benefits under two programs:
- The Social Security disability insurance program pays benefits to you and certain family members if you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Your adult child also may qualify for benefits on your earnings record if he or she has a disability that started before age 22.
- The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources.
SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits.
For most people, the medical requirements for disability payments are the same under both programs and disability is determined by the same process.
Whether you apply for Social Security or SSI disability, we ask you for information about your medical condition, work and education history to help us decide if you are disabled under our rules.
Apply as soon as you become disabled. Most of the application forms can be completed online, depending on the type of benefit for which you apply.