About the Site and Author

Tim Moore, NADR Accredited Disability Representative

by Tim Moore. Free Case Evaluation for North Carolina Residents here.

SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration and is not associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former disability 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 (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).

Because SSD and SSI are federal programs, the information here applies to all states. However, if you live in North Carolina and need assistance, Tim Moore is currently accepting cases.

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, an ADR, (Accredited Disability Representative), accredited by the National Association of Disability Representatives. 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 take only North Carolina cases, particularly central and eastern NC (the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Garner, Wake Forest, Henderson, Oxford, Rolesville, Fuquay-Varina, Wendell, Zebulon, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Apex, Clayton, Louisburg, Butner, Warrenton, and Creedmoor areas, but if you live outside these areas I still may be able to assist you).

You need a Specialist, not a jack-of-all trades

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.

Qualifications

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.

As an ADR, I also carry liability insurance and obtain continuing education units annually in order to renew my position as an EDPNA, or eligible for direct payments non-attorney.

If you need help

If you are seeking help on a disability case in the state of North Carolina (whether you have applied, been denied, have not yet applied, or you are at the disability hearing level), please contact me by completing the evaluation form in the orange block at the bottom of this page. The link is titled “Free Consultation for North Carolina Residents“. Please do not use this form to ask questions about medicare, medicaid, workman’s compensation, or long or short-term disability as I only handle Social Security Disability and SSI disability claims. And please remember that I do consider cases whether you have applied, been denied, or are thinking of filing for disability.