Social Security Disability Resource Center
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Who can provide disability representation in North Carolina?
Note: The SSDI, SSI disability system is federal and nationally standardized, though there are state differences in approval rates, wait times, the number of appeals available--as of the time of this writing--and even the name given to the stage disability agency (DDS, or the Bureau or Division of Disability Determination). Now, to answer the question...
In North Carolina, representation on a Social Security disability or SSI disability claim can be provided by either a licensed disability attorney or a non-attorney disability representative.
Does it matter which type of representative you choose for your case? No, the primary consideration in choosing who should handle your claim should be whether or not the individual is familiar with the Social Security disability system--meaning how the system functions, how decisions are made, how to analyze medical evidence, and how to find errors in the decisions issued by Social Security.
You will not want a North Carolina attorney who has very little familiarity with the federal Social Security disability system. For example, a lawyer who regularly handles various types of cases such as traffic, malpractice, and criminal cases, and only occasionally handles Social Security claims, will be fairly unlikely to possess a high level of expertise with regard to Social Security administrative law and procedure.
The reason for this is that the Social Security administrative system is fairly complex. It involves lengthy regulations, numerous rulings, and a fairly detailed disability evaluation system that can render decisions in different ways.
When a disability representative lacks an in-depth knowledge of how the federal disability system really works, it can definitely handicap a claim.
At the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels, it can result in missed opportunities for winning the claim as early as possible. This, of course, will mean that the claimant's case will go on for months longer than it should, meaning also that the claimant will suffer undue and unnecessary financial hardship.
At the hearing level, where decisions are made by administrative law judges who are not known to do favors for unknowledgeable representatives, a lack of in-depth knowledge of the Social Security system can easily result in a loss, essentially throwing away anywhere between 1 to 3 years of having gone through the demanding disability claim process.
On the other hand, a non-attorney disability representative who is a former disability examiner (examiners make decisions on claims at the application and reconsideration appeal levels), or a former Social Security field office Claims representative (these are the individuals to take your application when you initially file at the Social Security office) will possess an extensive and thorough knowledge of the inner workings of the disability system.
This will be the case because these individuals have actually worked on disability claims. And, in fact, non-attorney disability representatives who are former disability examiners are in a unique position to represent disability claims because A) They have experience in approving claims, B) They know exactly how the Social Security decision process works from all angles because, usually, they performed this job for many years before representing disability claims, and C) They know how to spot errors in the decisions made by the Social Security Administration.
Filing for NC disability benefits
Applying for Disability in North Carolina - How to apply, qualify, and meet filing requirements
Applying for NC disability benefits
More about filing for disability benefits in North Carolina
How to claim disability benefits in North Carolina
What happens on a disability application in North Carolina?
How long will it take to receive NC disability benefits if your application is approved?
Basic questions about disability benefits in North Carolina
How much can you receive in disability backpay in North Carolina?
How far back do you get disability benefits in North Carolina?
Can You Work and Collect Social Security Disability in North Carolina?
How to Get the Status on Your Social Security Disability Claim in North Carolina
How do I get help to win my disability claim in North Carolina?
The disability process in North Carolina
What condition or conditions qualifies for disability in North Carolina?
How long does it take to get through the disability system in North Carolina?
Is it hard to get disability benefits in North Carolina?
What are my chances of being approved for disability benefits in North Carolina?
How long does it take to receive North Carolina disability benefits after you are approved?
Disability determination services in North Carolina
Disability decisions in North Carolina
How long does it take for the disability decision in North Carolina?
How does the North Carolina Social Security disability determination process work?
Getting disability benefits in North Carolina
Getting denied for disability in North Carolina and filing appeals
What does getting disability benefits in North Carolina involve?
How to get on disability in North Carolina
NC Disability requirements and qualifications
Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in North Carolina?
What is the criteria for disability benefits in North Carolina?
What are the disability qualifications in North Carolina?
Proving the requirements for disability in North Carolina
How do you meet the Disability qualifications in North Carolina?
SSI and Social Security Disability requirements in North Carolina
How do I Know If I Qualify For Disability in North Carolina?
Winning Disability benefits in NC
How do I win disability benefits in North Carolina?
Improving your chances of getting disability in North Carolina
How to improve the chances of winning a North Carolina disability hearing
Will an attorney or representative help me win North Carolina disability benefits?
Winning disability benefits in North Carolina
Mental Disability benefits in NC
Receiving disability for a mental condition in North Carolina
How do you receive benefits for a mental disability in North Carolina?
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
What affects how much time it takes to get a disability award in North Carolina?
Disability representation in North Carolina
Should I get a disability representative or lawyer in North Carolina?
Who can provide disability representation in North Carolina?
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
How does a disability lawyer or representative get paid in North Carolina?
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?
Will your North Carolina disability lawyer charge you upfront for taking your case?
Will your NC disability attorney charge you for any expenses other than the main fee?
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?