Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

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.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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?