SSDI FAQ

What is the best way to contact me?

You can reach us online or by calling 919-805-3311 or toll free at 800-768-1330. You may speak to me or my paralegal for your free consultation.

Why does it take so long to get benefits?

Disability claimants can expect a long, drawn-out process that can take up to two years from when the claim is first filed. The initial step in the Social Security Disability process in North Carolina takes about 100 days. Only about one of three claims is approved. If denied, you have 60 days to file for the Reconsideration appeal. Reconsideration appeals also take about three months to process, with only about one of 10 claims approved. If denied, you have 60 days to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. The backlog in North Carolina from the time you request a hearing until you have the judge's decision is about 12 to 18 months.

What is the effect if I also have a Workers Compensation claim?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) may offset or reduce your Social Security Disability benefits if you receive workers' compensation benefits. I am willing to work with your workers' compensation attorney to limit the offset reduction of your Social Security Disability benefits.

How do I contact the Social Security Administration (SSA)?

Their national toll free number is 1-800-772-1213.

How much is the attorney fee?

Attorneys cannot charge an attorney fee without the approval of the Social Security Administration (SSA). Federal statutory fee regulations provide that if your claim is approved, the attorney fee is limited to 25 percent of your past-due benefits, up to a maximum of $6,000. If your claim is not approved, there is no attorney fee.

What are the locations that you accept claims?

My law office is in Raleigh, North Carolina. I provide legal counsel for Social Security Disability (SSDI and SSI) clients in central and eastern North Carolina.

I represent disability claimants at the initial and reconsideration stages before the North Carolina Disability Determination Services located in Raleigh, North Carolina. I represent claims that are serviced by the local Social Security Disability offices in Ahoskie, Durham, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Greenville, Henderson, Kinston, Lumberton, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford, Smithfield, Washington and Wilson. If you live in or near these locations, please call me for a free consultation.

I regularly appear before Administrative Law Judges in the Raleigh and Fayetteville Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review. The Raleigh office holds hearings in Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Elizabeth City and Greenville for clients living within 75 miles of these locations. The Fayetteville office holds hearings in Fayetteville and New Bern. If your case is assigned to these offices, please call me for a free consultation.

REPRESENTING COUNTIES OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA

I represent claimants living in Chatham, Cumberland, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Robeson, Scotland, Vance, Wake and Warren counties.

REPRESENTING COUNTIES OF EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA

I represent claimants living in Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Sampson, Tyrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.

How does my age affect my disability claim?

Age is one of the most important factors in Social Security SSDI or SSI disability claims. In most cases, the younger disability claimants must go through the disability hearing process before an Administrative Law Judge. The general rule is that the older you are, the greater the chances of winning. The converse rule is that the younger you are, the more difficult the claim becomes. For example, the category for claimants aged 18 to 49 is the most difficult. Claimants aged 50 to 54 catch a little break. The category of age 55 to retirement is the most lenient.

Do I need a lawyer?

In most instances, the best chance you have of winning a disability claim is at a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. This means you can expect a long, drawn-out process that can take up to two years from when you first filed a claim. You must file the necessary appeal papers within the strict deadlines to get your case in front of a judge. A missed deadline may result in starting your claim all over again.

Although the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not require you to hire a lawyer, studies have shown that claimants who are represented at the disability hearing have a better winning percentage than those who attempt to win their claim without legal representation. I will timely file the necessary appeal papers and go with you to your hearing in front of a judge.

Will you go with me to the hearing?

I will go with you to the hearing. I will sit beside you in front of the judge. I do not send someone else from my office to do my job.

What do I do if I am denied?

Do not give up if you believe your claim has merit. The most important consideration is that you file an appeal within the strict deadline limitations. A missed deadline means starting over from the beginning. I provide free consultations and legal representation to file your appeal before the deadline expires.

Is there a deadline for filing an appeal?

Yes. There is a 60-day deadline for submitting your intent to appeal, starting on the date of our rejection notification. See us immediately.

Do you take cases that involve alcohol or drug abuse?

I accept these clients on a case-by-case basis.

If You Have Specific Questions About Your Case...

Contact us online or call us at 919-805-3311 or toll free at 800-768-1330. You may speak to me or my paralegal for your free consultation.