Initial Disability Application
There are several different steps that your initial disability application will go through when you apply for disability in Nevada. It is important to be specific and completely fill out the application before it is submitted. The application forms will ask you to describe your disability (physical or mental), treatments you have received, medications you have or are currently taking, treating doctors and their contact information, as well as how your impairment(s) affect your ability to work. You will also be asked your marital status and if you have minor children living at home.
In applying for disability in Nevada, once your application for disability benefits has been submitted, the application will be quickly reviewed to make sure it is complete, meets basic requirements and to look at any current work history. Your application will then be sent to the local Disability Determination Services (DDS) in your state.
The state office (or the office nearest you in your state, if you live in a large state) will assign a DDS examiner to your case. This person will use the medical information provided in your file to complete a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form and also to evaluate whether you meet disability criteria.
Once enough medical information has been gathered, the DDS will make an initial disability determination. Your case is returned to the SSA who will continue with the appropriate action. If you have been found to be disabled, then the SSA will calculate the benefit amount and pay benefits. If you are found not disabled, your file will be kept in the field office in case you decide to appeal your claim.
Applying for Disability Benefits in Nevada?
If you’re located in Nevada, we can help. Do go about this alone! Many people do not realize how important it is to understand exactly what the Social Security Administration is looking for and how to present their cases in an organized manner. For example, if you write down on the questionnaire that you enjoy soccer, but you fail to mention that you haven’t been able to play soccer for a year because of your disability, the SSA may draw a conclusion that you are not truly disabled and deny your claim. This is just one of many instances where our Social Security Disability Attorney and Advocacy Services can help you avoid costly mistakes and improve your chance of winning.
How do you apply for SSDI or SSI?
Applying for disability benefits is a complex process. Applicants must collect a range of information and documentation in order to submit a valid application. This information and documentation includes personal information, such as full name, Social Security Number, date of birth, marital statue (including the full name, Social Security Number and date of birth of your spouse) and work history. Financial information including bank account and routing numbers, proof of earnings and resources.
Medical information detailing information about your disability, names and contact information of doctors and a list of your prescriptions that you take. Documentation such as proof of citizenship, government-issued identification, pay stubs and/or tax documents and medical records from doctors and hospitals.
This may seem overwhelming but don’t worry we can help. Contact us if you have questions or concerns on how to apply for disability in Nevada.