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Wilmington Social Security Disability Lawyer

Applying for SSDI? Our Team Can Help.

Are you unable to work due to an injury or illness? If so, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Our team at Lanier Law Group, P.A. can help you understand your options and guide you through the application process.


For a free consultation with a Social Security Disability lawyer in Wilmington, call (910) 613-6983 or contact us online.


Qualifying for Social Security Disability in North Carolina

Qualifying for Social Security Disability in North Carolina is not always easy. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has very strict eligibility requirements. In order to qualify for disability benefits, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are unable to work due to a disabling condition
  • Your disability is expected to last at least one year or is terminal
  • You have earned enough credits by paying into the Social Security system
  • You have a qualifying disability

What Is a Qualifying Disability?

The SSA has a list of qualifying disabilities. If your condition is on this list, you will automatically qualify for benefits. If your condition is not on this list, you may still qualify if you can prove that your condition is equal in severity to a condition on the list. You may also qualify if your disability prevents you from doing the work you did before and from adjusting to other types of work.

What Types of Conditions Qualify for SSDI?

Social Security Disability benefits are intended to help those who are unable to work due to a disability. You may qualify for disability benefits if you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from working. Some common examples of qualifying conditions include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Heart conditions
  • Mental disorders
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic liver disease

If your condition is not on this list, you may still qualify for benefits. The SSA will evaluate your condition and determine whether it prevents you from working. Factors the SSA will consider include your age, education, work experience, and the skills you have.

How to Apply for Social Security Disability in Wilmington

The Social Security Disability application process can be complex and confusing. The application is also time-sensitive, so it is important that you apply as soon as possible. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we can help you understand the application process and assist you in filling out all necessary paperwork.

The SSDI application process in North Carolina typically involves the following steps:

  • Completing the Application: The first step in the application process is to complete and submit the application. You can apply for Social Security Disability online, over the phone, or in person. The application will ask you for information about your condition, your work history, your education, and your income. You will also need to provide certain documents, such as your birth certificate, proof of citizenship, and your most recent tax return.
  • Submitting Your Application: Once you have completed the application, you will need to submit it to the Social Security Administration. The SSA will then review your application and determine whether you are eligible for benefits. The review process can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days. If the SSA has any questions about your application, they will contact you. If you do not hear from the SSA within 90 days, you can assume that your application has been approved.
  • Receiving a Decision: Once the SSA has reviewed your application, they will send you a letter notifying you of their decision. If your application has been approved, the letter will indicate how much you will receive in benefits and when you can expect to start receiving them. If your application has been denied, the letter will explain why and inform you of your right to appeal the decision.

How Our Wilmington Social Security Disability Attorneys Can Help

If you are unable to work due to a disability, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we can help you understand your rights and guide you through the application process. Our Wilmington Social Security Disability lawyer can help you gather the necessary documentation, fill out the application, and submit it to the Social Security Administration. We can also represent you in your hearing and help you fight for the benefits you need.


If you need help applying for Social Security Disability in Wilmington, call (910) 613-6983 to speak with a member of our team.


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