Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a specialized federal program that makes monthly payments to people that meet both the medical and financial criteria. People that are eligible for SSI have little to no income or resources, and are medically unable to work on a regular and continuing basis. SSI is also available for children with disabilities.

The amount of SSI from the federal program is set ($721 maximum benefit amount in 2014). To be eligible for SSI benefits medically, you must be unable to work for 12 months or longer due to your health. Financially, if your family has other sources of income, or if you have assets and resources that are over $2000, you may be denied SSI benefits. North Carolina residents who are medically denied for SSI should appeal immediately.

Timing Matters

If you are medically denied SSI benefits in North Carolina you only have 60 days from the original date of the denial to file an appeal. You do have options if you miss the date, but it can make the process longer and you risk the case being dismissed, if you appeal late.

Fill in the Forms

There are several different forms to complete to appeal the denial. Each form is important and needs to be completed in its entirety. Failure to correctly or completely fill out the reconsideration form and the medical release forms from Social Security can delay or stop the appeal process.

These forms will ask for any additional information about your condition. This includes the names and contact information of your doctors and other medical or health professionals working with you. You will also need to list visits to hospitals, doctors or clinics, as well as tests completed, and how the condition impacts your ability to work, and your ability to care for yourself.

Get Legal Assistance

Having an attorney that is knowledgeable about the steps to take after being denied SSI benefits in North Carolina is highly recommended. Should you decide to hire an attorney, they can help you file the initial application, file any appeals for you, and represent you at a hearing, if necessary.


Completing a SSI disability application in North Carolina is a more complicated process than many people think. This is largely because the forms are long and sometimes difficult to understand or the information that is required may be difficult to find.

You do want the required forms to be completed in their entirety prior to submitting the application. It is always a lengthy process and omissions or errors are only going to add more time until you will get a final determination on your case.

Incomplete Equals Denial

Any omissions or lack of records on your initial SSI disability application in North Carolina will result in a denial in most cases. This type of denial is very common as the average person leaves out information, does not provide a complete medical treatment history or complete work history, and fails to submit medical records or supporting documentation from their doctors.

To ensure that you don’t have this type of problem it is a good idea to carefully review the application or have an attorney experienced working on SSI and SSDI applications and appeals review and submit your paperwork.

Poor Information and Lack of Medical Records

Unfortunately many people that are applying for SSI disability or other benefits do not have medical insurance or have insurance that covers only some of their medical expenses. Often these individuals stop going to therapy, rehab or medical appointments because of the cost of the services. However, without a medical record that tracks your ongoing health issues, you have little evidence to prove your disability.

Options for Care

When your insurance coverage is not enough to address mounting medical bills and cover ongoing doctor visits, you may still be able to get services looking at alternative options. Try contacting your county health department, free clinics, teaching hospitals, or talk to your medical health provider about other options you may have.

It is essential to use medical health providers that the SSA recognizes as qualified to report on your health. This typically will not include alternative medicine professionals or those not licensed within North Carolina.

If you have any questions or concerns when completing your SSI disability application in North Carolina, there are resources available to you. You have the option to have your application reviewed by an attorney, a great way to make sure you have the forms completed correctly and all the necessary supporting documentation included.


Disability Claims In North Carolina

by Vaughn Clauson on January 21, 2014

Filing disability claims in North Carolina is similar to the process used in other states. Typically most people filing will not hear back on the initial decision from SSA for several months after sending in the application. This is a long period of time without income and with mounting bills and medical expenses, so doing everything that you can to avoid errors and delays only makes sense.

Use an Attorney

People that use an attorney that specializes in Social Security matters can be sure that their application will be complete and followed up on. The SSD law firm will review the forms, evaluate the medical records and supporting evidence you have provided, and help to make sure the application is complete.

Get Medical Records for Disability Claims in North Carolina

The forms that you send into the SSA include your permission for the SSA examiner to request and obtain copies of your medical records. This is always a slow process as your claim is received, requests go out, hospitals and doctors have to locate and submit forms, and then the examiner makes a decision based on this information. An experienced disability law firm can help the Disability Examiner by requesting hard to find records and medical statements from treating doctors, and submit them to the examiner. This can help to avoid delays in the processing of the claim.

Provide Complete Information on Medical Professionals

You will be required to provide information on medical visits, hospital stays, treatments, tests, and specialist appointments and visits. On this part of the application it is critical to be as accurate as possible. Listing the doctor’s full name, business address and phone number, fax number or other required information will save time in tracking down information once your application is sent from the local district office to the Disability Examiner.

Make sure you are providing medical records that cover the dates of your disability, injury or health condition. This should start with the first time you saw any medical health professional about the condition right through to the most current visit.

Last, it is important to stay in touch with the examiner that is assigned to your case. Calling every few weeks helps to provide information on the status of your disability claim in North Carolina and reminds him/her to request updated records and/or move along the processing of your case.


Information You Need When Applying For Disability NC

by Vaughn Clauson on January 21, 2014

All people applying for disability in NC or within the United States have to provide documentation. These documents are used to prove that your request for disability is valid and that you have a claim for benefits. Failure to provide the correct documentation can result in delays of months or years if your case is denied and you have to go through the full appeals process.

Having all required documentation to submit when applying for disability in NC is the only way to ensure that you claim can be processed efficiently. It is better to obtain the documentation required than to submit a claim with omissions if you can obtain the information in a reasonable timeframe.

Eligibility Documentation

Depending on the specifics of your claim you will have to provide a variety of documents. Everyone will have to prove that they have the right, as a citizen to apply for SSD benefits. This is usually in the form of your original birth certificate, proof of birth or immigration status confirmation.

If you are currently working or have a workers’ compensation settlement agreement, you will need to provide this information.

Medical Information

It is critical that you work with your doctors and obtain copies of the latest medical records related to your claim. This means actually submitting copies of medical records at the time of your application. Doctors can be informed that you are filing for disability and they will then understand why you are requesting records from them, and they may even be willing to write a letter or complete a form in support of your disability claim.

Information on Your Marital Status

You will need to provide relevant information on your current and all past spouses, including their dates of birth, dates of the marriage and information on any past divorces. You will also need to provide information on your children and any dependent family members living with you.

Carefully review the application and spend some time getting all your paperwork and documentation together. If you are having difficulty with applying for disability NC you can work with a Social Security attorney, to make sure everything is done properly.


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