According to the Social Security Administration, nearly 67% of those who file for their initial Social Security Disability cases end in denial. And 88% of those filing a second time are denied! The third time is not a charm for applicants either, with a 37% denial rate.
Clearly, the process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a struggle for many. Although Social Security Disability benefits can often be worth the effort, the system can be a complex web of government rules, regulations, and procedures, and understandably, wrought with confusion for those unfamiliar it.
And the wait times can be long too. Currently in Raleigh, for example, the average wait time for a Social Security Disability hearing is 19 months, according to the Social Security Administration's Hearing Office.
But don't despair.
We Can Help - NC Board Certified Expertise in Social Security Disability Law
Our NC Social Security Disability attorneys are familiar with the system. Very familiar. One of our attorneys, Rick Fleming, is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability law. Out of the 28,000 North Carolina-licensed lawyers, only 51 in the entire state can make that claim1. Not only is he certified, he's actually the vice chair of the N.C. State Bar's Social Security Disability Law Specialty Committee (the entity that certifies attorneys).
And many of our staff members have more than ten years of Social Security Disability experience, including experience with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Disability Determination Services division. They understand what you're up against.
Although the denial rate is high for Social Security Disability cases and the wait time can be long, there are ways our Social Security Disability lawyers can try to improve your chances for approval.
5 Ways a NC Social Security Disability Lawyer Can Help
- Wade through the bureaucracy. Our attorneys can help handle the mountains of paperwork, and help ensure rules, timelines, and methods are followed, and deadlines met.
- Offer you piece of mind - and time to heal. We can focus on the legal aspects of your situation, which gives you more time and opportunity to focus on healing.
- Direct examiners to the most important information. We can help examiners focus on the important issues by highlighting the most critical aspects of your case. Sometimes we've found this can increase the chance of more expedient success.Although many people believe they've given accurate information, often clients forget about some past medical experiences. Or think they're unrelated. In Social Security Disability cases, everything counts and our attorneys are skilled at helping you try to file the most compelling claim possible.
- Go to court prepared! We know the drill. It's a process we've repeated over many years and we've continually honed our process to try to achieve maximum results. We know how to handle the medical records, question witnesses, and interpret the rules and regulations that govern both a court of law and the various Social Security programs.
- Increase your chance for a successful outcome. All of the above can increase your chances for success.
Consider a client of ours who, at first, had been seeking Social Security Disability on his own. After initially being denied, we helped him appeal that decision by presenting additional information about his medical condition before the Social Security Disability Administration. Subsequently, our client's case was approved2.
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You don't need to stumble through this process alone. We encourage you to contact us.
If you think you can't afford to hire us to fight for you, think again! We work on a contingency basis, which means if we don't recover for you, you don't pay us one penny in attorney's fees. So don't hesitate to ask for assistance when it comes to getting the help you need.
If you're having problems applying for Social Security Disability, or just can't seem to get approved, click here to contact us or call 1-866-900-7078. Our skilled team will work tirelessly to review and try to improve your chances to finally get you the benefits you may deserve.
1 Figures provided by NC State Bar December 31, 2015
2Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.