North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

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If you are suffering from a serious disability preventing you from returning to work, let us help you understand your options. Social Security disability is one way of maintaining financial stability when you have been left unable to work, but filing for this type of benefit often proves to be a complex process.

Our North Carolina Social Security disability lawyers are highly knowledgeable of the law and can walk you through all of your options. We have multiple offices across North Carolina, so get in touch with us today to schedule a free initial consultation at any of our locations. We can also discuss your case over the phone or come to you if your injuries/disabilities prevent you from making it into our office.

If you still have questions about the SSD/SSDI process or you want to retain a legal professional to assist you in filing for these benefits, call us today. We at Lanier Law Group, P.A. are here to answer your questions and provide you with trustworthy legal support and counsel at every turn.

Call (855) 757-4204 or submit an online contact form to get started.

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Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security disability benefits are intended for individuals who can no longer work on a consistent eight hours a day, five days a week basis due to a disability.

A disability refers to any condition, impairment, illness, or injury that is expected to last over 12 months or until death. A disability must have been diagnosed by a medical professional, such as, licensed physicians, psychologists, optometrists, podiatrists, pathologists, and several others.

A disability must also cause a person to have functional limitations that prevent them from working. Functional limitations include limits in a person’s ability to walk, stand, lift, carry, bend, push, pull, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Functional limitations may also include limits in a person’s cognitive abilities, such as their ability to concentrate, understand and retain information, maintain persistence and pace, interact with others, or adapt and manage one’s health and well-being.

A person may receive disability benefits by filing an application with the Social Security Administration (SSA). This application includes information about a person’s earnings, impairments, income, resources, medical sources, and other details. An initial application may take anywhere from 3-6 months to be processed. If an initial application is denied, a person may appeal by filing a reconsideration.

If you have a serious medical condition that keeps you from working on a consistent basis, our team of experienced Social Security disability attorneys in North Carolina can provide you with sound legal advice and trusted guidance in Burlington, Durham, Greensboro, Greenville, Charlotte, Asheville, Wilmington, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville and Jamestown. While the Social Security Administration often denies initial claims, you can trust us to gather the evidence to support your claim throughout the appeals process. Whether it takes six months or two years, we will remain steadfast throughout this often lengthy process and use all of our resources to help you receive any SSD benefits you deserve. Additionally, our team of case managers is happy to assist you and are available at any time during normal business hours.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance

There are two types of claims that a person may file to receive Social Security benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both types of claims have certain requirements that must be met. Occasionally, even if a person is disabled, they may not qualify for benefits based on these additional restrictions. Our attorneys will be able to assist you in determining if you qualify.

To qualify for SSDI you must meet the following criteria:

  • You have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from being able to work
  • Your condition lasted/is expected to last for at least one year or result in death
  • You are under the age of 65 (with exceptions)
  • You worked at least 5 of the last 10 years as of the date you became disabled

The Social Security Disability process is notorious for being lengthy and complicated. Many people get denied multiple times before their cases gets approved. Many people are not approved until the hearing stage, which may take up to two years to be scheduled. Our attorneys are familiar with this process and know how to keep your disability claim on track so you don’t get lost in the shuffle.

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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

To receive Social Security Disability Insurance, an applicant generally must have both worked for a certain amount of time based on their age and earned a certain amount of money. They must also have been diagnosed with a disability by a medical professional. A person that qualifies for SSDI may also receive other benefits, such as veteran’s affairs benefits, pensions, and other benefits.

Additionally, they do not have a resource limit and may own multiple properties, vehicles, etc. They will also be eligible for Medicare.

Often, a complication that can occur with this type of claim is that a person’s work credits have expired and they have not filed for disability until several years later. In this case, a person must prove that they became disabled prior to those work credits expiring. Our attorneys are experienced at handling this complication and can advise you on how to continue your case.

At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we have helped hundreds of people successfully get their SSDI benefits. Additionally, in some cases, a person’s dependents may also qualify for benefits on that person’s record. Ask our attorneys more about dependent benefits.

Do I Qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Even if you don’t have enough work credits, you may qualify for disability benefits under the Supplemental Security Income program. This program helps people whose disabilities prevent them from working and they have no to little income or other resources. This type of claim also applies to minor children. Under this program, a person has to both have a qualifying disability and also meet income and resource limits. A person that qualifies for SSI may also receive Medicaid.

You may be eligible for SSI if you have a low income and meet the following definitions created by the Social Security Administration:

  • Aged: You must be 65 or older to qualify for SSI based on your age.
  • Disabled: Disability is an inability to engage in any gainful activity because of a physical or mental impairment that has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of one year, or which is expected to result in death.
  • Blind: A person is deemed blind if he or she has a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens. There are separate guidelines for people who suffer from a limited field of vision.

The numbers behind this program are very complicated, and our SSI attorneys in North Carolina can help you understand whether you qualify. A person’s benefits may be reduced if they have significant assistance with food, shelter, or from deeming. If a person’s spouse makes a significant amount of income, for example, this may disqualify the applicant. A person’s benefits will also be affected by an excess of resources, such as multiple properties, vehicles, or personal property.

We have helped hundreds of people successfully apply for Supplemental Security Income and have advised them about income and resource limits.

To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our skilled attorneys, call us at (855) 757-4204 or contact us online.

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