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How long will it take to receive NC disability benefits if your application is approved?
If you file for NC disability benefits and your claim is approved, the approval will have been made by a disability examiner at DDS (disability determination services in North Carolina).
Note: administrative law judges are involved in the process; however, this is not until the second appeal level, which is the ALJ hearing level.
When a disability examiner at NC DDS makes an approval on a claim, the case is transferred back to the Social Security office where the claim started. The claim, in fact, will go back to the desk of the same CR, or claims representative, who interviewed you when you filed for disability.
This individual will process the claim so that it may enter "pay status".
Getting a person into pay status is relatively quick and easy. Someone who has been awarded Social Security disability benefits (SSD) can usually expect to receive their Social Security backpay within 30 days, and their regular monthly disability benefits the month after that. This is typically how long will it take to receive NC disability benefits under the title 2 Social Security Disability insurance program (SSDI).
For a person who is received an SSI disability award, the wait may be just a little bit longer. This is because, for SSI (supplemental security income), Social Security must conduct one final interview before they process a person's SSI benefits.
This interview is called an "end of line "interview. This is where the Social Security claims representative, or CR, will, one last time, ask questions about whatever assets the claimant may have.
Assets, in this case, refers to whatever money they may have in a bank account, as well as whatever real property, or automobiles, or cash value in life insurance, they may have.
Once this final interview regarding assets has been completed, an SSI person's backpay and monthly benefits can be processed as fast as for a person who is receiving Social Security disability.
And this is exactly why a person who has been awarded SSI disability should make the effort to get to the Social Security office as quickly as possible to have this interview completed, so that they can receive their SSI backpay and their regular monthly benefits.
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Social Security Disability and SSI in North Carolina
The Social Security Administration administers two disability programs in North Carolina. They are Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability.
If you are a resident of North Carolina, you may contact your local Social Security office for a telephone or an in-person disability interview. There are local Social Security offices in the following cities: Ahoskie, Albemarle, Asheboro, Asheville, Charlotte, Concord, Durham, Elizabeth City, Fayetteville, Franklin, Gastonia, Goldsboro, Greensboro, Greenville, Henderson, Hendersonville Hickory, Kinston, Lumberton, Mt. Airy, New Bern, Raleigh, Reidsville, Roanoke Rapids, Rockingham, Rocky Mount, Salisbury, Sanford, Shelby, Smithfield, Statesville, Washington, Whiteville, Wilkesboro, Wilmington, Wilson, and Winston-Salem.
For a listing of contact numbers and addresses, click here: Social Security offices in North Carolina.
Unlike many other states, North Carolina has a centralized system for disability determinations, which means there is one location for the state disability agency which renders initial claim decisions for SSA. This agency is known as DDS, or Disability Determination Services and is located in Raleigh. At some point after filing your claim, you may be contacted by a disability examiner at DDS, or you may wish to provide updated information to your examiner.
For DDS contact information, click here: North Carolina Disability Determination Services.
Social Security disability hearings are held at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review or simply ODAR. North Carolina has ODAR offices in the following cities: Fayetteville, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh. Your residential address will determine which office your hearing will be held at.
The current time in months it takes for a hearing to be held after being requested:
Charlotte NC hearing office 16.5
Fayetteville NC hearing office 14.0
Greensboro NC hearing office 16.0
Raleigh NC hearing office 13.0
Average number of days for a case to be completed at a North Carolina hearing office:
Greensboro NC hearing office 486
Fayetteville NC hearing office 454
Charlotte NC hearing office 441
Raleigh NC hearing office 406
For a listing of Hearing office addresses and contact information, click here: North Carolina Social Security Hearing offices.