Have you been unable to work because you have been injured or are ill? Are you worried about your finances? If your issue is long-term or terminal, then you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. Contrary to popular belief, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are not an entitlement program, but an insurance program. If you work hard and pay into the system over the years, then you are insured for SSDI, and should be eligible to receive monthly benefits if you become disabled. Unfortunately, the process of applying for and appealing a SSDI claim can be complicated, but it can help if you consult with and hire an experienced North Carolina Social Security disability lawyer. A good lawyer can be worth their weight in gold, so choose wisely.
Completing the Application Paperwork
When you go to apply for benefits, there are many things to keep in mind. Above all else, you need to ensure that your application is completed in full. This means giving Social Security a detailed explanation of your medical conditions and treatment, as well as a detailed work history. You need to ensure that the information is in-depth, accurate, and truthful. If you hire a good attorney, they can assist you in filing the initial application, and help to make sure the application includes all important and relevant information. Once your claim is submitted to the Social Security Administration, the case is reviewed by a Disability Examiner, who requests all of your medical records and eventually makes a decision. A good SSD law firm can help you by following up with the Disability Examiner to make sure that they request and receive all supporting documentation, and that your claim is processed as efficiently as possible. Unfortunately initial claims can take months to process and months before you receive a decision.
Appealing a Denied Claim
The majority of initial applications are denied. The most important thing is to be persistent and never give up. If you are denied the first time around, then you will have 60 days to appeal the decision by filing a Request for Reconsideration. If you didn’t have an attorney the first time around, then it is best to get one to file your appeal. If you are denied the second time, then you must again appeal within 60 days, and file a Request for Hearing. You will eventually appear before a judge in order to have your claim decided. An attorney can help you most at this stage, and statistics show that represented claimants have a greater chance of being approved than unrepresented claimants.
The Clauson Law Firm can provide a North Carolina Social Security disability lawyer to assist you with your claim. View their website to learn more about the quality services that they can provide.