Overview of Disability
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Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
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How Do I Know If I Qualify For Disability in North Carolina?
If you qualify for disability benefits, Social Security will send you a formal award notice that tells you the amount of your monthly disability benefits and when you might expect your first payment.
If you are approved in North Carolina by an administrative law judge, or ALJ, at a hearing, you will receive a notice of decision, followed by a notice of award.
How do I qualify?
Social Security has two methods to medically qualify you for Social Security (SSDI) and/ or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability. If you have not been able to work because of a physical or mental impairment for twelve months, or you expect that you will be unable to work for twelve months or more, you should file a disability application with Social Security. Once you file your disability application, it is sent to the North Carolina disability processing agency also known as Disability Determination Services (NC DDS) for a disability determination.
Disability examiners at DDS use a Social Security disability handbook (more commonly known as the blue book) that contains impairment listings for each body system to make their disability determination. The blue book lists various conditions and the criteria needed to satisfy the severity requirements for receiving disability benefits. If your physical or mental impairment meets or equals the criteria of an impairment listing, you will be medically approved for disability benefits.
Most disability applicants, even if they are unable to perform substantial work activity, still do not meet the specific requirements of an impairment listing. If your disabling condition does not meet an impairment listing, Social Security has provided another way for you to qualify for disability benefits.
The second method used by Social Security to qualify disability applicants for disability benefits is the medical vocational allowance. When making a vocational allowance determination, the disability examiner considers your age, education, medical conditions, work history, and your residual functional capability (what you can do in spite of your disabling condition).
In making this type of decision, they must determine if you are able to do any of the work you have performed in the past fifteen years, considering your functional limitations. If you are not able to do any of those jobs, the disability examiner must then consider if you are able to do any other kind of work. If they determine you are not able to do any other kind of work, you will win your disability benefits through a medical vocational allowance.
If you medically qualify for disability, DDS will send your disability claim back to your local Social Security office to resolve whatever non-medical issues apply to your case (for example, if you are awarded SSI, they will need to be certain that you do not have assets in excess of the $2000 limit for SSI).
If you are approved for SSI disability, this will mean an “end line interview” to verify income and resource; if you meet these limits you are qualified for SSI disability.
If you are qualified for Social Security disability benefits, your disability claim is generally adjudicated as soon as it is received in your local office unless there are capability issues involved (the disability examiner or physician felt you needed help managing your disability benefits) or something like workman’s compensation. When there are workman’s compensation benefits or settlements involved, Social Security offsets disability benefits. If either of these issues arises, however, they are usually resolved quickly.
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SSI and Social Security Disability requirements in North Carolina
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Winning disability benefits in North Carolina
Mental Disability benefits in NC
Receiving disability for a mental condition in North Carolina
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Getting approved for mental disability benefits in North Carolina
Disability awards and award notices in North Carolina
Getting a Social Security disability award in North Carolina
The Social Security disability award notice process in North Carolina
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Disability representation in North Carolina
Should I get a disability representative or lawyer in North Carolina?
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Hiring a Qualified Disability Lawyer in North Carolina
How do Disability Lawyers in North Carolina get paid their fees?
Denied for disability in North Carolina, should I get an attorney or representative?
Disability attorney fees in NC - paying your lawyer or representative
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How much does the fee cost for a disability attorney in North Carolina?
Do you pay your disability lawyer in North Carolina or does Social Security pay the fee?
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NC disability hearings
What kind of decision will you get at a disability hearing in North Carolina?
NC disability hearing - how long for a decision?
Do you have to go to a Social Security hearing in North Carolina to get approved for disability?
The disability hearing in North Carolina- things to keep in mind
How do you prepare for a disability hearing in North Carolina?