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?
How to Get the Status on Your Social Security Disability Claim in North Carolina
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Applying for NC disability benefits
The Social Security disability and SSI system is federal and standardized. That means, for the most part, the system is essentially the same regardless of which state you live in.
Having said that, though, there are still some minor differences between states.
One of the most notable differences is that in some states there is no reconsideration appeal after you have been denied on your application for disability (the decision on your application will be made by NC DDS which stands for North Carolina disability determination services).
That simply means that if you live in one of those states, your first appeal after being denied is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge.
North Carolina, of course, still retains the reconsideration appeal step. So if you get denied on your NC disability application, your first appeal will be to request a reconsideration of the denial.
Other differences between the various states have to do with approval and denial rates on disability claims at different levels of the system.
Nationally, about 30% of all applications for disability are awarded benefits. In North Carolina approximately 33% of initial claims are granted.
At the first appeal level, only about 13% of first appeals, known as the request for reconsideration, are approved. In North Carolina, the approval rate for reconsiderations has gone as low as nearly 10%. Meaning, of course, that as much as 90% of those appeals have been denied in a given year.
Important points about applying for NC disability benefits:
1. You can file for disability in North Carolina online at the SSA website, or you can arrange for an appointment for a disability application interview so that you can file in person at a local Social Security office.
My advice would be that you file in person. There are several reasons for doing this. First of all, filing an application online will not give you the opportunity to ask questions of the claims representative sitting across the desk from you. This is one of the few times that you will have a Social Security claims representative before you, and you should utilize this opportunity. Doing so may allow you to avoid time-consuming mistakes later.
Secondly, at the current time you cannot apply for SSI disability online. The problem here is that many people are not aware of whether or not their claim will be for just SSD, a.k.a. social security disability, or SSI, or if their claim will be concurrent meaning that it will involve both SSD and SSI.
For this reason, attempting to use the online website can, to some extent, amount to a less than favorable expenditure of your time.
2. A decision on an initial claim in North Carolina, or a Social Security disability or SSI application, will generally be made within 90 to 120 days. Decisions can sometimes take longer than this for a variety of reasons; however, in most cases the decision will be made within this timeframe.
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