NC Social Security Disability Process
In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, a person (claimant) must file an application. An application for Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI) can be filed online. An application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can only be completed by the local Social Security Administration (SSA) office. The application can be completed in-person or by phone. I can assist a claimant in filing an application for SSDI benefits.
Most claims are denied at the initial application stage. A claimant must file an appeal in order to continue their claim. There are several levels of the appeal process. The first appeal stage in North Carolina is the reconsideration level. If a claim is denied at this level, then a claimant must request a hearing.
A disability attorney can help in the appeal process, especially at the hearing level. Your case may go before an administrative law judge (ALJ). This is your best chance to make legal arguments and present your evidence. With experienced Social Security disability lawyer Bill Wickward, Jr., this is your best chance to succeed in your case. You get to testify regarding your pain, symptoms and limitations while attorney Bill Wickward, Jr. presents legal arguments. Depending on where you live, your case would be heard before an administrative law judge at one of the four hearing offices (ODAR) in North Carolina or a remote office by video conference. A medical expert and/or vocational expert may testify in your case. They are paid by the Social Security Administration to provide testimony regarding your claim to the ALJ.
As a disability lawyer, I understand the process and evaluation of disability claims. I can evaluate your claim and explain the issues you face in obtaining benefits. As a disability attorney Bill strives to explain the process and thoroughly prepare his clients for hearings.