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To be Awarded Disability Benefits in North Carolina, How Severe Does Your Condition Need to Be?



 
To understand how severe your condition needs to be to be awarded Social Security Disability benefits in North Carolina, you must first understand the definition of disability. Social Security has defined a disabling condition as any condition that has prevented a person from performing substantial work activity for at least twelve months, or can be expected to prevent a person from engaging in substantial gainful activity for twelve months.

An individual may be awarded disability benefits for any condition as long as the condition has limited their residual functioning (what an individual is able to do in spite of the limitations caused by their condition) so significantly that they are unable to engage in routine daily activities such as working, driving, shopping, etc.

So how does Social Security determine the severity of your mental and/or medical problem? Once your disability claim is received at the state disability agency, NC DDS, an examiner obtains your medical records from the physicians and hospitals that you provided at your initial disability interview.



In addition to your medical records in NC, both you and your third party (the person you provided during your interview as someone who knows about your condition or conditions) may receive questionnaires that review your ability to perform routine daily activities. Disability examiners make their disability determinations based upon the objective medical evidence, third party and daily activity questionnaires, your educational background, and your work history.

Keep in mind that Social Security Disability in North Carolina and all states (the program is federal) is based upon residual functional capacity rather than specific medical and/or mental conditions. If your condition has caused your residual functional capacity to be so restricted that it prevents substantial work activity, your medical and /or mental condition may be so severe that you may be awarded disability benefits.








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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

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For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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