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Steps to strengthen your disability benefits application

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be an important step in the life of a Charlotte resident. After experiencing the devastation of not being able to work for one's own income, preparing an application for Social Security Disability benefits can give a person hope that their future will have some financial security. However, not every application that is submitted to the Social Security Administration is approved on its first pass and unfortunately those that are initially denied and then appealed can take a very long time to resolve.

Can my same-sex spouse collect disability benefits through me?

In 2015 the United States Supreme Court issued a history-making decision. The matter rose to the highest court in the land based upon the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples that were granted to opposite-sex couples. When the decision was handed down, all states in the nation, including North Carolina, were required to recognize the marital union between same-sex persons.

We support disability benefits applicants

Just last week this North Carolina Social Security disability benefits legal blog provided its readers with a general discussion of what it means to be disabled under the Social Security Administration's definition. Readers may have noted that the definition is not necessarily straightforward nor is it simple. In fact, the definition is wrought with complexities that may make it difficult for a person to fully understand if they are in fact disabled under SSA's disability designation.

The Social Security Administration's definition of disability

In order for a Charlotte resident to qualify for benefits from the Social Security Administration the individual must meet the entity's definition of disabled. This post will address the provisions of the definition provided by the Social Security Administration and what factors may prevent a person from meeting its terms. Individuals should, however, discuss their legal questions with disability benefits attorneys to ensure that they receive case-specific guidance.

Knowing when to apply for Social Security disability benefits

When a person in North Carolina has an injury, illness, or condition that has led to a disability, it is important to know when and how to successfully apply for Social Security disability benefits. The easy answer that most believe to be the clear strategy is to file the application as soon as he or she becomes disabled. However, some make the mistake of failing to realize that they are eligible for SSD benefits or think that the process is too difficult. By answering certain questions, though, a disabled individual may find him or herself comfortable with moving forward with the process of applying for SSD benefits.

What are the rules for adults with a disability since childhood?

When disabled children in North Carolina reach adulthood, there might be concerns as to what will happen to their Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration has certain rules for people who fall into this category, and they should be understood in order to prevent unwanted consequences. For those who are receiving benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and their disability started prior to age 22, the disability and the benefits will be viewed as a "child's" benefit since it is still on the record of the parent and their Social Security earnings.

Woman appeals decision to stop her SSD benefits

For those in North Carolina who are seeking or already receiving Social Security disability benefits, it is important to keep an eye on those who are in a similar situation and were either denied Social Security or had SSD benefits taken away after receiving them. Since Social Security disability is a federal program, any issue that happens in another state can be just as important to people in North Carolina.

Social Security backlog leaves many in North Carolina waiting

Given the shortfall in workers the Social Security Administration has dealing with claims, there is a backlog of more than one million people who are waiting for an adjudication. Those who have already applied or are planning to apply for SSD benefits should be aware of this as they move forward with the process.

What if I believe the judge was unfair in my disability case?

For residents of North Carolina who are seeking Social Security disability benefits, one of the last things they will think might damage their application is if the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) treats them unfairly. However, if there is a belief that there has been different treatment because of age, race, sex, disability, financial standing, or any other reason, the Social Security Administration should be told. Doing so could affect the case's outcome.

When denied SSD benefits, a lawyer can help with an appeal

North Carolina residents who apply for Social Security disability and are denied might be under the impression that the case is over and they have no alternatives to appeal. However, that is not the case, and it is a mistake to believe that to be so. Many applications are initially denied and later approved. Sometimes it takes several levels of appeal, but it is possible to have the initial rejection reversed. Understanding how to appeal is key, and a lawyer is often vital to the process.

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