Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Attorney

Bill Wickward, Jr. is an experienced Social Security disability lawyer representing clients throughout North Carolina.  Attorney Bill Wickward, Jr. has  represented clients for both Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims.  He has successfully helped clients obtain the benefits they need.

As a disability lawyer, Bill Wickward, Jr. will provide your case with the personal attention it deserves.  Attorney Bill Wickward, Jr. will explain the process and help you present your best case.  He will evaluate your claim, submit evidence on your behalf and look for ways to get you the benefits you need.  Social Security Disability Attorney Bill Wickward, Jr. will provide you with competent legal representation and personal attention to help you through the process.

When you lose the ability to work, you may fell like you lost a part of yourself.  Some claimants develop depression when they can no longer work and provide for themselves and their family.  It is a difficult time. Disability attorney Bill Wickward, Jr. will provide you with the compassion you need during this difficult time.

Q:  I hurt my back and my doctor says I need surgery.  I applied for Social Security disability, but they denied me.  I worked since I was 16 years old.  I cannot work now.  Why did they deny me?  I need money to pay my bills.  What can I do?

A:  In order to qualify for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits, you must prove you are unable to engage in substantial gainful employment.  When you have a back injury, you will need to prove that your limitations prevent you from engaging in any type of work.


Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are available to those who are disabled and have earned enough credits or quarters.  In order to be eligible for these benefits, you must have earned at least 20 credits in the last 40 quarters.  A person earns credits when they earn enough income to exceed the current credit limit.  A person can earn up to 4 credits per year.  If you are found disabled by the Social Security Administration and you have enough credits, then you would receive monthly payments based upon your lifetime earnings (Regulations).  If a person is granted SSDI benefits they are also eligible to receive Medicare coverage.  These requirements can be confusing for some claimants.  Attorney Bill Wickward, Jr. has the knowledge and experience to handle your Social Security disability insurance claim.


Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are financial needs-based benefits.  These benefits are available to all who are deemed disabled and who have not worked or who have not earned enough credits for SSDI payments.  All income, earned and some unearned, which comes into a household is used to determine SSI benefits.  A claimant must also meet an asset limit requirement to be eligible for SSI benefits (Regulations).  If a claimant is granted SSI benefits they are also eligible to receive Medicaid benefits.

A claimant can be found disabled based on the Listings or in accordance with the Medical-Vocational Guidelines.

Children can be eligible for SSI benefits.  Income from their parent(s) or guardian(s) may be imputed to the child for determining payments.  Child cases are evaluated based on six domains listed in the regulations.


Social Security Disability Process

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.  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.


Social Security disability attorney fee

Free consultation for Social Security disability claims.  The attorney fee for these cases is a contingency fee.  This means you do not pay an attorney fee unless I am successful in helping you obtain benefits from the Social Security Administration.  The fee is 25% of the past due benefits or $6,000, whichever is less.

Have you been denied Social Security disability benefits?  Bill Wickward, Jr. is a Social Security disability lawyer who will work hard to obtain a favorable decision for you.  Attorney Bill Wickward, Jr. is located in Durham, NC, but can handle your case anywhere in North Carolina.  He has experience in all of the hearing offices in North Carolina.    

4819 Emperor Blvd., Suite 400
Durham, NC  27703