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Pursuing a Social Security Disability Claim in North Carolina? See if You Qualify

Anyone with a disability may be able eligible to receive federal assistance through the  Social Security disability program. There are several qualifying factors that must be met for your social security disability claim in North Carolina to be approved.

A set of medical criteria are outlined by the Social Security Administration that individuals must adhere to in order to be considered for social security benefits. Other information about you will be collected as well, to determine your eligibility to receive benefits. This includes an assessment on whether you meet Social Security's definition of disability.

Defining Social Security Disability

For a disability claim to be approved under Social Security, you must meet the definition of what is considered disabled. A claim only will be approved and benefits received if you are totally disabled. Total disability is based on your ability to work.

The Social Security Administration may classify you as disabled if you:

    ⁃     have a disability that has remained or is anticipated to last for a year or more;
    ⁃     have a disability that is expected to result in death;
    ⁃     are unable to perform work as you once did; and
    ⁃     are unable to perform other work because of medical reasons.

Partial or short-term disabilities do not qualify for payable benefits under Social Security since other resources are expected to provide you with needed support. These resources may be insurance, workers’ compensation, investments, and/or savings.

Work History and Work Credits

Besides your ability to work, Social Security also expects that you have worked for enough time to qualify for disability benefits. The criteria to determine this is based on work credits.

Work credits are earned on a yearly basis. A total of 4 credits can be earned each year. These credits are calculated from your total annual wages, including self-employment income. Every year, the amount of wages required to earn a credit changes. For 2012, Social Security defined $1,130 of income as equivalent to 1 work credit.

To qualify for disability benefits, your total number of accumulated work credits must add up to a specific number that is based on the age you were when you became disabled. You also must have earned a required amount of these work credits within a certain period of time from when you became disabled. For most workers, 40 earned work credits must have been documented with 20 of these accumulated within the last decade, up to the year when you became disabled.

Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool

If you want to know your eligibility in possibly receiving benefits from Social Security, you may want to spend some time going through the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST). This online tool designed by the Social Security Administration can give you a better idea whether or not you qualify.

BEST will ask you a series of questions to determine if you are eligible for a number of benefit programs. The questions should take between 5 to 10 minutes to complete. It is important to note that this is just a screening tool and is not an application for benefits. It is completely anonymous. You will not have to provide your name, Social Security number, or any other kind of identifying information. No one other than you will see your answers and all your information will be erased once you exit the system.

Finding Help For Your Social Security Disability Claim in North Carolina

If you have already applied and your claim has been denied, talk to an attorney specialized in dealing with the Social Security Administration. Brent Adams & Associates have been working for the people of Dunn, Raleigh, and Fayetteville, North Carolina for over 30 years to help them get the disability benefits they deserve. Speak with one of our lawyers for a free case evaluation. Give us a call today at 800-849-5931.