by Clauson on November 13, 2014

Many people find disability law both confusing and intimidating. Accordingly, your opportunity for the best outcome may rest with legal representation. Disability attorneys possess the experience and knowledge essential to assisting those who are injured or sick in seeking out and obtaining the disability benefits to which they are entitled. Do not try to navigate the complex maze of rules and regulations alone. Allow one of our expert disability lawyers assist in your endeavors.

The analysis of your potential eligibility begins with your disabling conditions. Disability attorneys such as ours assist you in identifying each and every physical or mental condition that the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers in deciding if you are truly “disabled” as that term is defined by the SSA. The best disability lawyers have the day to day expertise necessary not only to identify any conditions that would increase your chances for a favorable outcome, but also can assist in transmitting this information to the SSA for consideration and determination.

Disability lawyers provide further assistance in advancing disability claims by providing the causal connection between a disabling condition and the ability of a claimant to perform gainful employment. In order for a disabling condition to be effective in advancing a disability claim, it must be a condition that persists for at least a year and prevents the performance of gainful employment activity. Gainful employment activity is based on several factors including, but not limited to, educational background, vocational training, and socioeconomic background to name a few.

A disability lawyer will also know which benefits are best for the claimant. In addition to disability benefits, the claimant may also be eligible for Supplemental Security Income. SSI, as supplemental security income is often called, is another type of disability benefit that is need based program. SSI also has certain income and financial resource requirements. A disability lawyer will assist the disabled claimant in seeking out the various benefits to which he or she may be entitled.

Perhaps the best service a disability lawyer provides for disability claimants is familiarity with the system and the attendant processes. A disability lawyer knows the deadlines in which to have various aspects of your claim completed and properly submitted to the SSA. For the non-lawyer, the process may seem confusing and stressful. A disability lawyer will assist in filing the appropriate paperwork with the appropriate office by the appropriate date. The value to the disability claimant in the reduction of stress alone is immense.


Filing Smart with a Competent Disability Attorney

by Vaughn Clauson on July 22, 2014

Leading Issues Faced by Disability Recipients

  • Nearly 40% of the working disabled have reported discrimination in the workplace
  • Nearly 20% of that 40% believe they have been refused jobs or promotions because of their disability.
  • Out of all the families in the United States, nearly 20 million families have a family member that suffers from a disability.

Why Hiring a Disability Lawyer is Essential

  • Nearly 2/3 of all disability claims filed are initially rejected.
  • Social security’s rules and regulations are extremely difficult to navigate.
  • A disability attorney can help to ensure that your rights and interests are protected.
  • Statistics show that represented claimants have a better chance of being approved for benefits at the hearing level.
  • A Social Security disability attorney will file an initial application for you, make sure all appeals are filed correctly on your behalf, and that all medical records are requested and submitted to SSA.
  • If a hearing is necessary, an attorney will write a pre hearing brief (explaining to SSA why you are disabled based on Social Security’s rules and regulations, with references to your medical file) and personally represent you at the hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
  • You don’t pay a cent unless your disability claim is approved.

What to Look for in a Disability Attorney

  • Experience
  • Qualifications
  • Organization
  • Compassion
  • Track Record of Success
  • Diligence
  • Integrity

Contact The Clauson Law Firm, PLLC today at 877-835-0923 if you want quality legal representation for your Social Security Disability Claim. Our North Carolina disability attorney and staff have an extensive amount of experience in handling claims, and they will give your case the personalized attention that it deserves.



It is important to understand that while an attorney can advise you of your rights, they cannot make the final determination on whether or not you meet all of the requirements for getting SSI benefits. An attorney can point out the strengths and weaknesses of your case, but they cannot guaranty success or tell you that you will surely be approved for benefits. In order to apply for supplemental security income (SSI) there are a series of medical requirements and financial criteria that you must meet and an attorney can help you understand them. It may be a good idea to contact a disability rights attorney. North Carolina attorneys can provide clarification on SSI requirements

General requirements
The first thing you need to do is to read and complete the application for Social Security Benefits and the Disability Report. You will be required to provide a list of the medications you take, contact information for your doctor, copies of medical records, lab test results, W-2s and an explanation of where you worked in the past. SSI is “need-based” and in order to qualify you must meet the income requirements, and have little to no income.

Income Requirements
Social security sets an income and resource limits that applicants must meet in order to qualify for SSI benefits. The income and resources limit requirement is pretty stringent. The best way to see if you meet the income and resource requirements is to call your local social security field office or review your completed packet with a disability rights attorney. North Carolina law firms are good at reviewing these materials for their clients. Once you meet the income and resource requirements then your disability application is forwarded over to your state’s Disability Determination Services office. Your doctors will be contacted by the staff at the Disability Determination Services office and questionnaires, as well as records will be requested and processed. If more information is needed you will be contacted to go and have a special consultative examination performed.

It may be helpful to contact a local and experienced NC SSI lawyer.


The application process for social security can be daunting, especially if a claimant is suffering from a learning disability and or intellectual disability. From gathering the paperwork to speaking with Social Security case workers, the process can prove to be an arduous task to complete. If you have submitted a claim for a learning disability and it was denied, the next step is to appeal the decision. If you live in the greater North Carolina area, having a disability lawyer in North Carolina can be of great assistance. Here are a few tips to get you started on your quest of reversing the appeal.

Which Learning Disabilities Qualify?
The term learning disability can refer to any professionally diagnosed developmental disorders that affect a person on an academic, and global developmental level. Common learning disorders include: dyslexia, global developmental disorder, autistic spectrum disorders, speech and language disorder, hearing disorder, and a host of others. A learning disability does not serve as an indicator of low level intelligence. It is more of a label assigned based on how a person’s brain can process information.

Intellectual Disability
Many claimants with learning disabilities do suffer from intellectual disabilities as well. An intellectual disability may qualify based on Social Security’s listings if a person has an IQ of 59 or less, or an IQ of 60-70 with physical and/or mental impairments that impose an additional and significant work-related limitation of function. For listing 12.05C, deficits in adaptive functioning that started early in life must also be present. Proving disability may require school records that reflect the learning disability and/or intellectual disability. However, if you are filing a claim on the basis that the learning disability and/or intellectual disability prevents you from working then you might need a disability lawyer in North Carolina to assist with the process.

When a Claim is Denied
If you get denied then you should appeal that claim as soon as possible. Social Security allows sixty days to appeal. It is important to file the appeal within that window of time. First, you should contact your local Social Security Administration office and let them know that you would like to initiate an appeal, or file the appeal online. If you are working with a lawyer, then he or she will take care of the appeal for you and advise you of what avenues to take in order to ensure that the process runs smoothly.


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