If you have applied for benefits through the Social Security Disability (SSD) program and been denied, you may feel frustrated and unsure what to do. You may be worried because you cannot work and need disability benefits to make ends meet. More than 300,000 adults and children in North Carolina receive disability benefits. Many of those people obtained SSD benefits after being turned down initially.
At Hardison & Cochran, our attorneys know what you are going through. The disability claims process can be complicated and confusing. We can help you appeal the Social Security Administration (SSA) decision regarding your disability claim. We represent clients throughout North Carolina in Social Security Disability cases. We can help you to understand what has happened in your case and what we can do to help you. Don’t delay in taking action. The sooner you contact us, the more quickly we can start to work on your appeal.
A Fresh Look at Your SSD Benefits Application
It may comfort you to know that roughly half of all SSD benefits applications are initially denied. Many of those denials are mistakes. They can be reversed on appeal. To understand why your benefits claim may have been denied, you need a fresh examination of your case. A social security lawyer from Hardison & Cochran can analyze your application and see if:
- You meet the work and disability requirements needed to obtain SSD benefits; and
- Your application correctly showed that you meet those requirements.
Often, the problem isn’t whether you have met the SSA’s requirements. Instead, your application may have lacked information or failed to provide sufficient medical evidence of your disability. Basically, you may not have stated your case for SSD benefits clearly enough. It’s important to present a complete application the first time because there can be considerable delays. You don’t want an incomplete application to cause further delays.
Consider these statistics from the Social Security Administration related to the processing of SSD claims by offices in North Carolina:
- 15 months — Average wait time from the date a hearing is requested until a hearing is held in the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review’s hearing offices in Raleigh.
- 10,314—Number of disability claims cases pending in Raleigh office
- 513 days—Average number of days until final disposition of cases processed by the SSD hearing office in Raleigh
- 18 months—Average wait time from the date a hearing is requested until a hearing is held in Office of Disability Adjudication and Review hearing offices in Fayetteville, N.C.
- 7,709—Number of disability claims cases pending in Fayetteville office
- 572 days—Average number of days until final disposition of cases processed by the SSD hearing office in Fayetteville