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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Can my Social Security Disability benefits be garnished or seized to pay my debts?

In most situations involving non-governmental creditors, the answer is NO. Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement pensions, Veterans Benefits, and other types of federal benefits are all exempt from the collection efforts of most creditors such as mortgage lenders, auto loans, and credit card companies. Section 207 of the Social Security Act prohibits…

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