Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in North Carolina?
Applying for Disability in North Carolina
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How long does it take for the disability decision in North Carolina?
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What are the disability qualifications in North Carolina?
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Winning disability benefits in North Carolina
SSI and Social Security Disability requirements in North Carolina
To meet the requirements for SSI and Social Security Disability in North Carolina, you must satisfy the Social Security Administration's definition of disability.
The SSA definition of disability states the following:
A. Your condition must be severe.
Sometimes, what is severe versus nonsevere is something of a subjective call. A sprained ankle would almost certainly be considered nonsevere. Allegations of headaches, however, would probably warrant investigation, especially since "headaches" may refer to migraines, cluster headaches, or some type of neurological problem.
B. Your condition must be relatively long-lasting. For Social Security disability and SSI purposes, the minimum durational length is one year.
That is, you must be disabled for at least one year in order to meet the requirements for disability benefits.
Note: you do not have to be disabled for a full year before you actually file a claim for disability. If your condition has not lasted this minimum length by the time you file, the disability examiner who reviews your claim can make a projection, based on the medical evidence they have available to them, as to whether or not your condition will eventually last this long.
In other words, if your disabling condition has a relatively recent origin, this should not necessarily prevent you from applying for disability benefits in North Carolina, or any other state.
The simple rule of thumb is this: if your condition has a definite impact on your ability to work and earn a substantial and gainful income, you should probably consider filing for disability.
C. Your condition must be severe enough that it prevents you from engaging in work activity at a level that would earn you what Social Security considers a substantial and gainful income. Social Security refers to this it as SGA. This is essentially an income level above which you will not qualify to receive disability benefits.
In other words, a person who files for disability, or a person who receives disability benefits is not prevented from working. They simply become ineligible to receive disability benefits if they work and earn more than the SGA limit that is in effect for a given year.
Continued at: How does the North Carolina Social Security disability determination process work?
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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.