Social Security Disability Resource Center

Tim Moore, NC Disability Representative, Publisher of SSDRC:

About the SSDRC:

For the sake of clarity, 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 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 (also available in Word format) and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system (word version).

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.

About Tim Moore:

I am not a disability lawyer but, instead, a Disability Claimant's Representative. What is the difference? In my particular case, there are several distinct differences.

First, while a disability attorney may divide their law practice between a number of different legal areas, a non-attorney disability claimant's representative will focus only on Social Security Disability and/or SSI cases. (Note: I am based within my home state of North Carolina and currently do not take clients).

I cannot overstate the importance of specialization. Since the Social Security Disability system is a "bureacratic administrative-law system" with multiple routes for approval (e.g., medical-vocational allowances vs. listing approvals) and a precise set of rules, guidelines, and regulations that govern the outcome for each case, there is little room for occasional practitioners. Without a doubt, every individual who pursues a disability claim deserves expert and knowledgable handling of their case.

Secondly, most attorneys have not worked for any component of the Social Security Administration; in my own case, I am a former disability examiner for the SSA's disability determination services (DDS) in North Carolina, located in Raleigh.

As a disability examiner, I adjudicated Social Security Disability and SSI claims, which is simply another way of saying that I reviewed the medical and vocational evidence of a case in order to determine whether it should be approved or denied. This background gave me particular insight into how cases are determined, how the system actually works at the ground level, as well as certain commonly made mistakes that are often made and which should be avoided.

Finally, I have taken and passed the federal written examination that is administered by the Social Security Administration and which is authorized under Public Law No. 111-142, "The Social Security Disability Applicants' Access to Professional Representation Act of 2010". The purpose of this exam is to test knowledge of the relevant provisions of the Social Security Act and also knowlege of the most recent developments in SSA including court decisions that affect titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act.

If you are seeking help on a disability case in the state of North Carolina (whether you have applied, been denied, not yet applied, or at the disability hearing level), the firm of Roberti Wicker Lauffer & Cinski PA can be contacted by completing this evaluation form.

  • Index of Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

  • 56 Answers to Social Security Disability SSI Questions

  • SSDRC Homepage:

    Social Security Disability and SSI Resource Center

    The Most Basic questions about Getting Disability Benefits

    Social Security Disability and SSI Back Pay Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI and whether or not you can work

    How long does it take for Social Security Disability or SSI?

    Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices

    Tips, Mistakes, How to Qualify, and How to Win Disability

    Tips and Advice for Social Security Disability and SSI Claims

    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify for Disability Benefits

    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI, How to Win

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Social Security Disability and SSI Appeal Process - How to file appeals

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    SSI Disability Benefits, Questions and Answers

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Information to start with regarding Disability Claims

    An Overview of Social Security Disability and SSI

    What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?

    The Disability Requirements to be eligible for SSD and SSI Benefits

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability and SSI Applications

    Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions and Impairments

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    The SSDRC Disability Blog

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

    Getting disability in North Carolina