Social Security Disability Lawyers in North Carolina Helping Clients Obtain the Benefits They Deserve
No one ever wants to believe they may become disabled to the point they need to try and obtain disability benefits. However, in many instances, individuals have no choice but to pursue Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
If you have filed a claim for SSDI benefits and have been denied, you have the legal option to appeal the decision. Statistics show that over half of all SSDI applications are denied the first time.
That being the case, individuals who have been denied SSDI must hire an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer who can represent them in the appeals process. Often, applications for SSDI are denied due to missing information or because the paperwork was filled out incorrectly.
Brent Adams & Associates of North Carolina is a law firm with extensive experience in handling SSDI appeals and would be honored to help you try and obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact our law office and ask to schedule a free consultation so that we may review your case and determine how to proceed with your appeal.
How is Social Security Disability Different Than SSI?
Social Security Disability (SSDI) is a government program overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that supports individuals who are disabled. However, specific requirements must be met before an individual can qualify to receive benefits. For example, one qualification is that individuals must have a qualifying work history. However, individuals may qualify through their work history, spouse, or parent.
Individuals are frequently confused about the difference between Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The main difference is that SSDI is based on the number of work credits and the disability the individual has, as opposed to SSI, which is granted based on age and having limited resources.
Suppose you still need help understanding the differences between SSDI and SSI. In that case, it is best to consult with an experienced Social Security disability lawyer who will answer your questions and explain what options may be available.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements to Receive Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is granted to individuals who have earned enough credits through their qualifying work history and paying Social Security and Medicare taxes. The Social Security Administration (SSA) typically determines eligibility for benefits by determining if the applicant has worked 5 out of the last 10 years and earned a minimum amount.
Other eligibility requirements include:
- The applicant paid FICA payroll taxes during the 5-year period.
- The applicant cannot work due to a physical or mental health condition.
- The applicant’s disability is expected to last at least one year or result in death.
- The applicant must have become disabled before reaching the full retirement age of 65-67 years old.
Finally, anyone applying for SSDI must be under the care of a healthcare professional who can verify their disability and provide supporting medical documentation. It is also essential that individuals applying for SSDI keep all of their medical records, correspondence, and any other related information in order so that it can be easily provided if requested by the SSA.
Why is it Important to Hire an Attorney to Help Me Obtain Social Security Disability?
Many people initially try to handle filing a claim for SSDI independently. However, they quickly realize that filing an application or an appeal is more complex than anticipated.
Some of the most critical reasons to hire an attorney to help you obtain SSDI include:
- An attorney can file a claim and ensure all necessary information is included. Failure to include all required information can cause your application to be delayed or denied unnecessarily.
- An attorney can handle your appeal if your claim is denied. One of the most essential elements of the appeals process is ensuring that all deadlines are met. Having an attorney assist you can ensure that you do not miss important deadlines that could cause your appeal to be delayed.
- An attorney can represent you when you go before the judge for a Social Security hearing. Your attorney can help you prepare for the hearing by explaining the process and explaining what questions may be asked. An attorney can also make an opening statement and closing argument at the hearing and effectively cross-examine any expert witnesses who testify.
Anyone considering filing a claim for SSDI or has previously been denied and wishes to appeal should always hire an experienced attorney who will act as their legal advocate with the SSA. The attorneys of Brent Adams & Associates have vast experience in filing SSDI claims and appeals and would be honored to assist you with your case.
Why Should I Choose Your Social Security Lawyers to Help Me With My Legal Needs?
One aspect that sets Brent Adams & Associates apart from other law firms is that we strive to maintain our hometown feel. Our legal team is passionately committed to helping clients obtain the disability benefits they deserve. We recognize that this is most likely one of the most stressful and overwhelming situations you and your family have ever had to experience.
However, with the help of our highly trained lawyers, we can help ease the anxiety you may be feeling as we explain the claims and appeals process. We can also ensure that all medical documentation and other necessary paperwork is turned in promptly. Finally, we will never leave you in the dark regarding any progress or changes that may occur with your case.
You only pay us money if we win your case. We understand that you need your SSDI benefits so you can resume your life and gain the peace of mind you deserve. If you want help obtaining SSDI benefits, contact Brent Adams & Associates of North Carolina at 919-781-7590 and ask to schedule a free consultation today.