Do You Qualify for SSD Benefits?
North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers
If you are suffering from a serious medical condition that has rendered you unable to work for an extended period of time, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Determining whether you qualify can be difficult, and more than half of claims are denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA) due to eligibility issues.
At Crumley Roberts, our North Carolina Social Security Disability attorneys can offer guidance regarding whether you may qualify. We can help you file your claim and can file an appeal if your claim was denied. We take your concerns to heart and use our resources to seek the benefits you need.
What qualifies you for disability in North Carolina?
Because the SSDI system is a federal system and is thus nationally standardized, the same requirements apply in North Carolina as they do in other states. Your disability must satisfy the Social Security’s definition of a “disability,” which is that it lasts for a year or longer and results in a physical or mental condition that prevents you from obtaining a “substantial and gainful” income.
SSD Eligibility Requirements
Every case is different, but there are two primary requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits:
- You must have a certain number of work credits. You must have worked long enough and recently enough to be covered by Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Work credits are based on your total yearly wages, and you can earn up to four credits per year. SSD eligibility based on work credits will vary depending on your age, ranging from 6 credits for workers under the age of 24 all the way to 40 credits for workers over the age of 62.
You must meet the SSA’s definition of “disability.” The SSA determines eligibility for SSD benefits based on total disabilities,
which render you unable to work. Your medical condition may qualify as
a disability if:
- It prevents you from doing the work you did before;
- You cannot adjust to or perform any other type of work because of your medical condition; and
- Your condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.
Standing Up for Our Clients & the Community
It is an unfortunate truth that many people will need legal help in seeking Social Security Disability benefits. The claims process is far from easy, and a single mistake could result in a denial. As SSD lawyers, we believe in standing up for our clients and the community as we pursue disability benefits for those in need.
To learn more, please call our offices at (866) 691-0607. We serve all of North Carolina.