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Complaint Review: State Of Nevada Bureau Of Disability Adjudication

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  • Submitted: Sun, May 06, 2007
  • Updated: Thu, November 20, 2008

  • Reported By:Las Vegas Nevada
State Of Nevada Bureau Of Disability Adjudication
1050 East William St #300 Carson City, Nevada U.S.A.

State Of Nevada Bureau Of Disability Adjudication Social Security a Federal Program vs State of Nevada Scam Carson City Nevada

*Consumer Comment: Disability Reporting

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I Have plenty of doctor's statements, their reports and recently VA verifying a Physical disability. I was injured while at work in 1996 and denied Workmen's Compensation. Denied unemployment and genearlly have worked, until I can no longer work. I was re-injured in a serious auto collision by an unknown cab in 2003.

Social Security is a Federal Program and the State of Nevada is involved in not resolving Identity Theft and Blacklisting people from employment and any other Services. So far I have been unable to get Workmen's Compensation and they will not accept what Veteran's Administration physicians and tests have to say to back up what past physician's have put in writting! The culprit is Mr Jim Rose who thinks he can override Federal Law! This is exactly How honest people become homeless in Nevada. Forget about obtaining a real attorney in Nevada, most work for the people that own the businesses and never tell you!

Carol Ann
Las Vegas, Nevada
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/06/2007 05:36 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/State-Of-Nevada-Bureau-Of-Disability-Adjudication/Carson-City-Nevada-89701-3102/State-Of-Nevada-Bureau-Of-Disability-Adjudication-Social-Security-a-Federal-Program-vs-Sta-247179. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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Disability Reporting

AUTHOR: Tain - (U.S.A.)

While this report is a bit old, there is a great deal of confusion regarding how Social Security is administered and how eligibility is determined and this report appears to be a prime example of it.

The Social Security Administration is indeed a federal program, but not all aspects of it are handled on the federal level. Some parts are done at a state level, by design. This is not some sneaky scam where the state supercedes federal laws--this is a logical division of responsiblities which becomes apparent when you look at the process, which I will very briefly summarize below.

When someone believes they are disabled, they can apply for Social Security Disability (SSI/SSDI depending). The process goes something like this, in those cases:
1) Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews the applicant's work credits to determine which program they may be eligible for (SSI or SSDI), their citizenship, and their income.
2) If the person meets those guidelines, SSA passes the application along to the relevant state's Disability Determination Services (DDS). In the state of Nevada, this is the office of Disability Adjudication (DETR/DA).
3) DDS looks at medical evidence and work history and compares them to determine if the person would be able to work. They do not just look at what your doctor thinks of your condition, they look specifically at functional impairments--at how your conditions directly interfere with your ability to work.
4) If there is functional impairment, DDS then looks at how the conditions that you are reporting may (or may not) be documented to prevent you from making enough money to live (called Subtantial Gainful Activity--SGA). They do not just look at if you can go back to your previous job, but whether you can receive training and rehabilitation to be able to do a different job as well.
5) DDS gives their determination to SSA.
6) If DDS determined the person cannot work or be retrained to work enough to get SGA, then SSA will start paying. If DDS determined there was not enough evidence to prove that you cannot work or be retrained to work, SSA denies the claim.

As you can see, this is not a state taking over a federal program. It is a division of responsiblity where SSA is responsible for determining eligiblity for social security and DDS is responsible for determining disabilities.

Lack of understanding of the process and lack of documentation of functional impairments are the two main reasons why people who have otherwise legitimate claims get denied. Getting angry and blaming the system will not resolve anything--find out how your case is being handled and find out what SSA or DDS needs in order to get you approved!
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