Being responsible for the health and well-being of a child is a huge responsibility under the best of circumstances. When the child is severely ill or disabled, the task can become astronomical. Often, caring for a child in that situation can become financially crippling. But, any parent or guardian of a sick child knows the importance of taking care of a child with those types of needs and will do whatever it takes to make sure the child has whatever he or she needs. Thankfully, those who are in this position can apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Following is a brief overview of your initial steps for starting an application for a child in North Carolina.

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Child Disability Starter Kit
In an effort to make the process as easy as possible for parents of children who need disability benefits, they have created an application starter kit designed for children who need benefits. The kit provides valuable information such as answers to common questions parents ask when applying for SSI benefits for a child and also has a worksheet that lists all of the documentation you will need to complete your application. You can download the kit by clicking here.

Contact the SSA
Get in touch with your local SSA office to begin the application process. You can either speak with someone over the phone or go to the office in person. If you opt to go to the office, you will have to call to make an appointment first.

Online Disability Report
Once you have gathered your documentation you can begin filling out the Online Disability Report. All you need to do is fill in the form with accurate information regarding the child’s disability. At the end of the form you will be asked to sign a release form that grants permission to you child’s medical care providers to speak with the SSA and provide a representative with your child’s medical information. Please note that the Online Disability Report does not need to be completed in one sitting. You can save your work and return to it at a later time by entering the “Re-entry Number” you will be provided.

Completing the application over the phone
If you do not wish to complete the application online, you can speak with an SSA representative on the phone to do so. Just call 1-800-772-1213.

If you have questions about applying for disability benefits for your child, contact Clauson Law Firm today. We can help you and your family.


Qualifying for Disability Benefits

by Clauson on May 22, 2017

A person that is disabled can go through the process of getting social security benefits that they are entitled to based on their health by applying. When you go to apply for North Carolina social security online, there are specific criteria for disability benefits that you need to fall under to be approved. It can be intimidating and a little scary to go through this process, but getting your ducks in a row, in the beginning, is smart.

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Criteria for Disability Benefits
The criteria for disability benefits is going to vary based on the type of disability that you have as each is a bit different. The key you have to remember is that you’ll need to use the Blue Book that contains the listings for adults, and there is also a listing for children, as well, as they have some different categories. You’ll want to look up your disability and review the criteria that specifically applies to it.

This can be a great thing to open up a dialogue with your health team members about as they probably have some experience with other patients going through this process. Your physician can be extremely helpful in this aspect of making sure that you fit all of the criteria, as well as making sure that you have all of the testing and other documentation that you’ll need.

Apply for North Carolina Social Security Online
You can apply for North Carolina social security online. This is honestly one of the best things available to you because of the ease of using their online system compared to having to make an appointment to go in. You can gather up the information you have, and start the online application. If you get to a spot where you have to stop because you need more information or have to get off the computer, you can as it allows you to save your application and pick up where you left off.

The social security administration is a huge machine with many working parts. It can be easy to see how you can get lost in the shuffle with your application. It can be beneficial to seek assistance from an experienced lawyer that has worked with social security disability clients previously to get your questions answered and help you find the right path for your application.

Contact us to schedule an appointment today to go over any concerns or questions you are facing during this process. We can sit down and have a discussion about the specifics of your circumstances.


For many people, the image that comes to mind when discussing someone with a disability is someone that has a visible disability such as being in a wheelchair. The truth of the matter is that there are plenty of disabilities that are hidden from view. One category of these hidden disabilities is people with problems with their cardiovascular system. There are several cardiovascular system disorders that can qualify a person for social security disability, so if you or a loved one has a heart disorder continue reading.

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Cardiovascular System Disorders That Qualify
Cardiovascular system disorders may be congenital or later acquired in life. These disorders include cardiovascular impairment, chronic heart failure, ischemic heart disease, recurrent arrhythmias, symptomatic congenital heart disease, heart transplant, aneurysm, chronic venous insufficiency, and peripheral artery disease. There are additional specifications beyond just a diagnosis of one of these conditions that must be met by your disorder for you to qualify, so it can be helpful to read over the information provided in the blue book.

Your Next Steps
After finding your cardiovascular system disorder in the blue book on social security’s website, the next step that you need to take is to start the application process. You can start this online right away as you can save your application as you go through it. It can be helpful to have several things on hand, such as your personal information, medical information, employment details, bank information, and more. If you come across a question that you’re unsure of the answer to, you can pause the application and go back to it later.

This can also be a good time to open up a dialogue with your health care providers. Their assistance can be very beneficial in going through this process, and they will probably have some experience with other patients going through it. They can be a valuable ally and can provide you with the documentation you need for your application.

Seek Help
Getting social security benefits for a disability is not always the easiest process even for people that it would seem have an open and shut diagnosis qualifying them for benefits. This is why it can be helpful to seek help from an experienced disability lawyer that is able to give you guidance specifically tailored to your particular situation. The Clauson Law Firm is here to provide you this guidance through advice and any necessary legal action.

Contact us today with any questions you may have about your cardiovascular system disorders and qualifying for social security disability.


Applying for Social Security Disability can be confusing. It is a process that requires specific documentation. There is necessary information that you need to prepare in advance and there may be documents that you are not aware that you need. There are a lot of factors that work into how social security disability works. Seeking assistance from a disability lawyer may be something that you want to look into if you are in the process or if you are preparing to apply for Social Security Disability.

Social Security Disability Representation

A disability lawyer will assist you and will represent you with your Social Security Disability case. It is important to be prepared when seeking representation. Here are some things you need to know and should ask when preparing to receive assistance from a disability lawyer.

Research Lawyers
It is important to do your research before committing to your representative. Ask questions to acquire information, but also to characterize the candidates. Be sure to inquire about their communication methods and the amount time you should expect to receive a response from them during your regular correspondence.

You want to be comfortable with the lawyer you end up selecting to represent you, as there will be regular communication. Make sure you ask all of the appropriate questions and that you are satisfied with the answers. Be confident in the delivery of communication between you and your chosen representative.

Prepare Documentation
You will need specific documentation when applying for social security disability. Those wanting to represent your case will need this documentation as well. If you are unaware of the documents that you need, you can ask the attorney you are planning to meet with. They will be knowledgeable and helpful regarding your social security disability case. The lawyer will advise you on exactly what you need.

Once you have made the decision to receive representation for your social security disability case, you can rest assured that your case is in capable care. Hiring a disability lawyer gives you the best chance in winning your case. The lawyer is your personal advocate, which takes a lot of responsibility and stress away from you during the process.

Hiring a disability lawyer gives you confidence with the application process. You will have a direct resource to answer all of your questions. You also have an advocate that is working for you and your case. Your lawyer will always take your best interest into consideration.


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