Illnesses and injuries happen. Often, being injured or ill may prevent you from returning to work. Anticipating this possibility, the Federal Government included disability benefits in its Social Security program. As a result, if you are disabled and unable to work, you may be able to file a claim for Social Security disability benefits.
Filing For Social Security Disability Benefits
At Auger & Auger we work with individuals who are in different stages of the Social Security disability process. As experienced Social Security disability lawyers in North Carolina we can help you with your
Each stage of the process involves providing documentation to the Social Security Administration that you are currently disabled and will remain disabled. Although the initial application requires very little documentation, supplying the Social Security Administration with as much information as you can, as soon as you can, increases the chances of having your claim approved at the earliest possible stage of the process.
How Long Does the Social Security Disability Application Process Take?
While working with a North Carolina Social Security disability attorney can help you ensure you have all of your documentation together, the process can be quite time consuming. Breaking down the timeline into the four stages used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) is the easiest way to explain it.
Stage One – The Initial Application: SSA says that their goal for processing initial applications for North Carolina Social Security disability benefits is 120 day or about 4 months.
Stage Two – The Request for Reconsideration: If your initial application is denied, you will have the opportunity to submit a request for reconsideration which often take between 60 and 90 days.
Stage Three – Hearing: If your request for reconsideration is denied, you will have the opportunity to request a hearing with an administrative law judge. It can currently take between 1 and 2 years to get your hearing before an administrative law judge, which means if you can provide the information the SSA needs and get approved before this stage, you definitely should.
Stage Four – Appeal: If you are denied benefits at the hearing level you can hire an experienced appellate attorney to file an appeal on your claim. The timelines for appeals vary widely, so an expected turnaround time should be discussed with your appellate attorney.
Social Security Disability and Workers’ Compensation Benefits
While payments from private sources to do not affect your Social Security disability benefits, payments from government agencies do. This means that if you are injured on the job and have pursued a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, those benefits may offset or reduce your Social Security benefits. At Auger & Auger we help injured individuals with both workers’ compensation claims and Social Security disability claims so we are happy to answer your questions and explain how these two programs work together.
If you are disabled and are not receiving Social Security disability benefits, you should contact one of our North Carolina Social Security disability lawyers to discuss your situation and get the benefits you need. We are here to help, so call us today!
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