How Do I Apply for North Carolina Social Security Online?

by Vaughn Clauson on December 2, 2016

The North Carolina Social Security Administration (SSA) offers benefits to those with medical conditions which limit the ability to work. With conditions expected to last at least one year or result in death, benefits provide supplemental income to ease the impact of not being employed and provide for medical treatment. It is important to keep in mind that the SSA’s goal is to help you.

How Do I Apply for North Carolina Social Security Online?

Medical conditions resulting in the need for benefits may increase the difficulty of applying for Social Security. However, the SSA works to streamline the process through free online applications. And, a disability attorney offers expertise and support to the applicant should you choose to hire one.

To apply for Social Security benefits:

1. Gather Information.
The process starts at where a checklist of required documents helps you gather needed information before beginning the online application. A sampling of data you need to know includes information and documentation pertaining to:

— Social Security number (and those of your spouse and children).
— Birth and citizenship.
— Marriage, divorce and children.
— Military service.
— Current employment and work history.
— Medical conditions.
— Medical professional and treatment history.
— Education and training.
— Banking information.

2. Begin the Online Application.
Once you have gathered your information, visit and click “Apply for Disability” to begin the online application. Completion of the multi-step application takes one to two hours. However, breaks are allowed and your work is saved as you go.

Getting started on the application process even before you collect all documentation is recommended. The SSA will help gather needed documents. And, holding up the application process while you find them on your own delays a decision.

An email or snail mail confirmation of your application will arrive in your mailbox.

3. Await a Decision.
After the application is submitted, SSA determines your eligibility for benefits. If more information or documentation would assist the decision, the agency will contact you. Also, checking your application status is available to you online.

The decision regarding your case will be mailed to you. While an online application speeds up the process, a determination still takes three to five months. Patience is required.

Applying for North Carolina Social Security online allows you to get started on the process without waiting for an appointment and in the comfort of your home. Plus, online application time can be divided to accommodate your condition and endurance. Having an advocate at the computer with you helps as well.

To answer your questions regarding North Carolina Social Security benefits, contact us today.


Why You Should Seek Medical Care after an Accident

by Vaughn Clauson on November 16, 2016

Car accidents are nothing to joke about. Even the smallest of fender benders can have some dangerous effects that you may not have initially felt. Therefore, it is vital that you go get yourself checked immediately following an accident.

Why You Should Seek Medical Care after an Accident

Medical Implications

When you are exposed to such an event, your body produces chemicals that are supposed to help your body defend itself. Adrenaline and various endorphins serve as a natural painkiller; you may have heard of endorphins when referring to exercising. Therefore, when your body goes through a traumatic event, you may not feel pain or it may not be as strong of a response as it appears to be initially. But, when your body calms down, those painkilling entities subside and you may start to feel that pain later. The time span differs for everybody. As a result, you should seek medical attention even if nothing seems to “hurt.”

Legal Implications

Lawyers have to be very tricky to be good at their jobs. To win their case, they have to poke holes in everything. If you did not go to the emergency room or to see a doctor right after the accident, they can argue that you hurt yourself later, or that the condition wasn’t that severe because you didn’t need care. It can be very easy to spin a “fraud” story if you claimed to be seriously hurt from the accident when you didn’t seek any medical care until two or three days after the accident. By going to get yourself checked out, you can provide the necessary documentation to prove your injuries and get the reparations you deserve. Just make sure that your records are thorough and accurate and that what you tell your doctor matches the police report.

Listen to Your Doctor

Another factor that can cause you to lose your case is if you stop following to your doctor’s orders prematurely. Again, the opposing lawyer can prove that because you stopped taking your medication, you weren’t hurt as severely as you had described. Moreover, your insurance company can refuse to pay for future care, using the fact that you stopped treatment early as a reasoning. And, of course, your health may be affected if you don’t finish your treatments, so always follow doctor’s orders.

Your health is important, so don’t mess around with it. Get yourself checked out and cover all of your bases—both medical and legal. Then, if there is a case, let your lawyer(s) do the rest!

To get more assistance, please contact us Or Call: 919-794-5387.


Autistic disorder is a development disorder that is eligible for receiving benefits, as long as one meets their requirements. Autistic disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders are defined as qualitative deficits in the development of reciprocal social interaction. It includes verbal and nonverbal communication skills, such as not responding to simple questions. If a child seems distant or appears to be wrapped up in their own activity, they may have a form of autism. Autistic children typically stick to a few certain activities and interests, and they work on the same activity repeatedly. While it may be difficult to detect autistic behavior in a child, there are some things you can do to help receive benefits.

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In order to meet the requirements for autistic behavior or other pervasive developmental disorders, there are some things the child must show. A medical document that supports the qualitative deficits in reciprocal social interaction, deficits in verbal and nonverbal communication and imaginative activity, and limited activities are needed. This document will prove that a child suffers from autistic behavior, which will allow for a parent to file for benefits from Social Security. You will need to provide the documentation when you apply, and have it signed by a medical professional to receive benefits. You can file online, or call them at their toll-free number, and then the process can get started.

If you or your child suffers from a different pervasive developmental disorder, you will need to provide documentation that shows deficits in reciprocal social interaction and deficits in verbal and nonverbal communication. You will need to prove at least two other requirements including: marked restriction of activities of daily living, marked difficulties in maintaining social functioning, difficulty in maintaining concentration or pace, or repeated episodes of decompensation. As long as these requirements are met, you should be able to apply for Social Security benefits. You will need to have a doctor’s note these limitations before you apply for any benefits. It will help ease the application process, and increase your chances of being accepted.

You can apply for benefits whether you’re applying for an adult or a child with an autistic or other pervasive developmental disorder. If you’re unsure about where to apply, you can apply online at the Social Security website, and fill out the information. There is an abundant amount of information that will help you determine the disorder, and how much you may be eligible to receive those benefits.


What is a CDR and in a SSD case?

by Vaughn Clauson on July 6, 2016

If you are an SSI or SSDI recipient, then you already are aware that the Social Security Administration will review your disability eligibility on a regular basis. Disability Attorney in NC advises that the Continuing Disability Review (CDR) usually occurs every three years. However, SSA can decide to review much later; sometimes as infrequently as seven years. On the other hand, according to, if the government determines you have a condition that they expect will improve sooner than three years, they will schedule your CDR at an earlier date. Also, unless you are enrolled in a “return-to-work-plan”, a CDR is likely to occur if you begin earning too much income from your job if you have one.

For those anticipating their first CDR, initially you will be notified by the Disability Determination Service (DDS) in your area that they plan on beginning your review. You will be asked to fill out forms that cover past and current medical treatment, what your daily activities consist of and a description of work-related activity, if any. For assistance in complying with what is required from you, contact a disability Attorney in North Carolina.

Meanwhile, a claims examiner at DDS will contact your doctor (or doctors) and any other medical-related sources for reports on your condition. If they do not receive specific information from your doctor, or they determine that there is conflicting information submitted about you, then the claims examiner may require you to submit to a medical evaluation at SSA’s expense.

Once SSA is satisfied with the information about you that they have on hand, they will review it with the goal of deciding whether you are showing any medical improvement in the problems that were present when SSA first ascertained that you were “disabled.”   If the Social Security Administration determines you are still disabled, benefits will continue. Should SSA decide that the severity of your impairment has lessened, and you no longer qualify under disability guidelines, you will be sent a termination notice.

Don’t panic. Don’t lose sleep thinking that you are about to lose your benefits.  The vast majority of Continuing Disability Reviews (95 percent in SSA’s most recent study) result in rulings that keep benefits in place. However, if you were to receive a termination notice, you have the right to appeal and also to request continuing to receive benefits while your appeal is pending. For help in filing an appeal, contact The Clauson Law Firm.

In short, a CDR is a necessary, every-so-often part of your eligibility for Supplemental Security Income. The government is not out to take it away from you. They only want to make certain those who need it and still qualify for it will continue to receive it.


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