Starting a Disability Application in North Carolina

by Vaughn Clauson on March 22, 2017

Filing a Social Security claim in North Carolina is the same as doing so in other states. Submitting a successful application that gets approved is dependant on filling out the appropriate forms completely and accurately as well as providing the proper documentation to the Social Security Administration (SSA). To have the best chance of having your application approved, follow the guidelines below.

Starting a Disability Application in North Carolina

Qualifying for benefits

Some people are not eligible for disability benefits. So, you must be able to prove your need for it. To be eligible, you must have either a physical or mental medical condition that is severe enough to prevent you from working. The condition in question must have been present for at least one year and have the likelihood of permanence.

The online application

The first step in applying for disability benefits is to complete the application. The easiest way to do this is via the online application. You must fill out everything completely and accurately, as otherwise the SSA will automatically reject it. Also, keep in mind that the application does not need to be filled out entirely in one sitting. You can easily save your information and continue the application at another time if you need to.

Phone application

The state of North Carolina does offer the option to apply for disability benefits over the phone for those applicants who are unable to use the online form. Those who simply prefer to use the phone are welcome to apply this way as well. When you apply on the phone, you will be interviewed by an SSA representative and then they will mail you the documents that need to be filled out, signed, and returned.

Supplemental information

Along with your application, the SSA will need other information from you to help determine the status of your claim. Be prepared to provide the following information to the SSA:

-Medical records
-Contact information for all treating physicians, including hospitals and clinics
-Skills required to do the jobs you did before your disability
-A detailed list of the jobs you had over the past 15 years, including dates of employment and job descriptions

To prepare for providing this information, spend time writing it down beforehand to assure its accuracy.

The SSA will use all of the information you provide to make a determination regarding your eligibility for disability benefits. A North Carolina disability lawyer can help you assemble a successful application. If you have any questions or need help with your disability application, contact Clauson Law today.


What Happens With a Disability Case Review?

by Vaughn Clauson on March 21, 2017

You may wonder what happens after your disability application is approved. One of the main concerns that you can have after you’re approved is a disability case review. This is an occurrence that happens periodically. This review is meant to ensure that you still qualify for social security disability payments. What does this mean for you?

What Happens With a Disability Case Review

Typical Review Periods

The amount of time between disability case reviews will depend on a few factors. One of the main factors is whether or not the condition you’re receiving disability for is expected to improve. If improvement in your medical condition is expected, your disability case review may happen anywhere between six and 18 months after you start receiving benefits. If it is possible that you’ll see improvement in your medical condition, your disability case review may happen no sooner than three years from the start of your benefits. If your medical condition is not expected to improve, your disability case will be reviewed no sooner than seven years from the start.

What Happens During the Review

During the review, the social security employee will go over all the relevant information about your claim. They will review your medical condition and whether or not it’s improved. They’ll need all of your relevant medical information about your care since you applied. If you’ve worked since you’ve applied, you’ll need to provide them with information about the work that you did, the amount of pay you received, and when you worked. This information is all compiled and sent to an experienced disability examiner. They will make a decision based on the information you’ve provided, but they may require you to have a special examination if they find that the medical information you’ve given is not up to date or complete.

What You Should Do on Your End

The best thing that you can do for your social security disability case review is to stay up to date with your medical condition. Continue going to see the doctor and following their suggested regimens. You want to keep your information on medical condition current and complete.

Going through a disability case review can feel very threatening, especially when you’re going through it for the first time. That can be perfectly normal. Speaking with an experienced attorney can help you to feel more confident and comfortable with knowing what to expect and what you need to provide.

Contact us today to learn more about the disability case review process, and how it relates to your personal situation.


If you are considering applying for Social Security disability benefits, do not do so without seeking the help of a Social Security disability lawyer. Although you may think that hiring an attorney is not necessary to help you through the process, having someone help you through the process and fighting for your rights has many benefits. Keep reading to learn about the many benefits of hiring a lawyer to help you through the disability application process.

Great Reasons to Use a Disability Lawyer When Filing a Claim

Your first application will probably be denied
Statistically speaking, there is a good chance that your application for benefits will be denied, as most applications do not get accepted on the first try. A disability lawyer can help you develop an application that will be approved and also help you appeal the decision if it is denied.

Disability lawyers have experience
You only have to apply for disability benefits once in your life. Even if you are initially denied, you then enter the appeals process. On the other hand, disability lawyers have lots of experience fighting for benefits every day. So, they understand the ins and outs of the process and know how to navigate their way through it.

Using an attorney helps to expedite the process
When you have the help of a disability lawyer, it helps to expedite your application. Since they are knowledgeable in the process, and know how to achieve favorable results. They will help to make sure all of the proper documentation is filled in properly and included with the application, which can also help make the process run faster and more smoothly.

Disability lawyers work on a contingency basis
You do not need to worry about the cost of a disability lawyer being out of reach. They all work on a contingency basis, so they only get paid if they win your case. This fact helps to make them work harder to win a favorable result for you. Also, the fees will be paid out of the backpay you are awarded, so you will never have to worry about receiving an excessive bill from your legal representative.

If you are planning on applying for disability benefits, do not go through the process alone. Hire an experienced and qualified lawyer to lead you through the process. If you have questions or are ready to consult with a lawyer, the expert staff at North Carolina Social Security Disability can help you. Contact us today.


In theory, anyone can apply for Social Security disability benefits; though not everyone who applies will have their claim approved, all Americans have the option to at least submit an application. However, in reality, there are many barriers that prevent people from applying for benefits in the first place – mainly out of a belief that the application process is too difficult. Either people are unsure where to start, or they think that there are too many steps and they will never have the time or the know-how to complete them all.

Qualifying for Social Security Benefits for the Disabled Is Impossible, Right?

Unfortunately, thinking this way can prevent people who would otherwise have received benefits from getting the help that they need and deserve. Therefore, it’s helpful to understand the Social Security disability application process, so that you don’t have to feel overwhelmed or uninformed. You can then take the steps you need to submit your application and start on the path toward receiving your benefits.

To start, you will have to get an application from your local Social Security office, which can be done over the phone or by visiting in person; if you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits (instead of SSI), you can also apply online. Disability determination services (DDS) will then review your claim in your state’s Social Security office, and will let you know (usually within a few weeks) whether your claim has been accepted or denied. You will also be asked to provide supporting documents, including medical documentation, during the process.

Thankfully, there are several ways to determine eligibility before you start the application process, so that you can know whether it is worth applying. First, is your condition, illness, or injury impacting your ability to work and provide for yourself or your dependents? DDS looks at whether you can be engaged in productive employment or not in your current condition when considering whether to give you benefits. Second, have you had the condition for at least a year? And finally, do you have supporting documentation (such as from your hospital, doctor, or treatment facility) that testifies to the medical impact of your condition?


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