Filing for Social Security Disability in North Carolina can be frustrating, confusing, and overwhelming, especially considering you are filing for SSDI since are struggling with a condition, injury, or disease. You obviously need financial support. What makes the process even more confusing is the fact that everyone - your neighbors, your relatives, your coworkers - have given you different advice and information about Social Security Disability and how to file your claim. You may have even had different North Carolina Social Security Disability lawyers give you contradictory advice.
To clear up some of the most common misconceptions about Social Security Disability in North Carolina, we've put together a list of myths and the truth behind them:
Myth 1: Certain conditions or disabilities automatically lead to Social Security Disability benefits. Nothing about the SSD process is automatic - you must be as thoroughly evaluated as any other person filing a claim, and there must be solid documented evidence that your condition exists. There is an impairment listing manual on the Social Security Administration's website that covers specific diseases and disabilities that are generally approved for benefits. However, these are guidelines and do not guarantee that your individual application will be approved.
Myth 2: You will hear a decision on your application in 90-120 days. Although this is the way it should be, and although this is the timeframe that government agents may give you if you ask, it could take a much longer time to hear results. In fact, right now many Social Security offices in North Carolina are running far behind, with some disability cases in North Carolina taking upwards of two years. What can you learn from this? Don't plan on receiving money 90-120 days after you file your application - keep in mind the many delays your case may face before you see compensation.
Myth 3: Children's Social Security Disability cases are easier and quicker to win. This is not only a myth, but the opposite is true - children's cases are often harder to win, not easier. Why is this? If you are seeking SSD for a learning disability or ADHD, it is difficult to document the cases, especially over time, and therefore, they are harder to prove in court. The other two most common childhood ailments, asthma and epilepsy, also depend heavily on how often the child has attacks and how they are medicated. Moreover, since SSD cases often move very slowly, children may have improved in the three years it takes to wade through the red tape of getting benefits. It isn't impossible to win a case with your child, but it is often more difficult and requires a specialized attorney.
Want to learn more? Read Part Two: Social Security Disability Myths