Articles – Social Security Disability
The Disability Claims Process
The Social Security disability claim process can take up to three years. Our North Carolina law firm has over 30 years of experience representing disabled clients during this oftentimes frustrating and complex process. Attorney David Gantt is an Asheville based North Carolina Social Security Disability Claims attorney. He provides clients with responsive legal services as…Read More
Qualifying for SSD and SSI Benefits
Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits There are certain requirements you must meet to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits (also called Title II). Many factors will be considered, including the following: Physical and/or mental problems that restrict you from working for 12 months or more The inability to work at any reasonable job…Read More
Can Someone with Bipolar Disorder Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Yes, depending on the severity and other factors, Social Security disability benefits may be awarded to someone who is disabled due to Bipolar Disorder. Known more commonly in the past as Manic Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder is a psychiatric illness characterized by periods of extreme euphoria followed by bouts of severe depression. Bipolar Disorder is…Read More
Can I Apply for Social Security Disability If I Am Working?
Social Security Disability is based on the principle that individuals should receive some financial assistance if they: have an injury or illness that is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death, and are unable to perform their prior work or adapt to other work. If you are working and earning income…Read More
What to Expect at a Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge
After your application for reconsideration of your Social Security Disability claim has been denied, you have a right to file a request for hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Due to the large number of appeals, an ALJ hearing may not be scheduled earlier than two (2) years after the request for hearing has…Read More
Can I Collect Social Security Disability Benefits for Cancer?
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates there are about 13.7 million Americans who are either currently being treated for cancer, or have been treated for it in the past. About 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year and about 1,600 Americans die of the disease every day. ACS estimates 52,550 people in North…Read More
Will My Age Be a Factor in Determining My Social Security Disability Claim?
Yes. Our society places great emphasis on the appearance and attributes of youth. However, when it comes to determining a Social Security Disability claim, youth can be a disadvantage. The younger you are, the more difficulty you may have in being approved for Social Security Disability benefits. Your age, in combination with other considerations, such…Read More
What happens if I am able to return to work before my Social Security Disability claim is determined?
The Social Security disability process can be very lengthy, sometimes taking three (3) years or more for a final decision to be made. Most claimants have to make an initial application, a Reconsideration appeal, and go through an Administrative Law Judge hearing before receiving a favorable decision. Due to the time period between application and…Read More
When will my Social Security Disability benefits become effective?
When your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is approved, your entitlement to receive disability payments will begin as of the fifth full month that the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines that your disability began. You are not entitled to receive disability benefits during this five (5) month waiting period. For example, if the…Read More
How does the Social Security Administration determine if I am disabled?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) will consider you disabled if: (i) you have a medical condition (physical, mental, and/or psychological) that renders you unable to perform any of your past jobs, (ii) you cannot adjust to other work due to your medical condition including any job in the USA (regardless of location), and (iii) your…Read More