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Whether you are thinking about filing a claim or you've already filed and been denied, our attorneys are here to help. Contact our firm for a free case evaluation today.
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Our attorneys know the Social Security system and what it takes to get the benefits a person is due. We are here to help you navigate the system and will work to build a strong case on your behalf. Your monthly benefits provide you with financial stability, enabling you to focus on your health.
Who can we help?
- If you meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability
- If you have a physical or mental health impairment severe enough to keep you from working any paying job for at least 12 months
- If you have a work history long enough to have paid into the Social Security Disability system
- If you have been denied an SSD claim
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Get Help On Your SSD Claim
Benefits from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can significantly help people in need. Unfortunately, filing claims is complex and even if you have a strong case, your application may be turned down. Whether you are thinking about filing a claim or you've already filed and been denied, don't give up.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When can I file for Social Security Disability?
Once you are diagnosed with a condition that is likely to keep you out of work for longer than one year, you should file for SSD benefits. It can take quite a while for your claim to be processed, so the sooner you file, the better.
What are my chances of being approved for benefits?
There is no way of knowing for certain whether your condition will qualify you for benefits. Two people with the same disability won’t necessarily both be approved. The key element is the severity of your condition—is it severe enough to keep you out of work for significant periods of time? Part of our job is to improve your odds of approval by collecting all necessary documents—such as records of your medical conditions, physical and mental restrictions, medications, and work history—and making sure your claim reflects all of the important factors in your case.
I am also having mental and emotional problems. Will Social Security consider this?
Many people who are dealing with chronic pain also experience depression and anxiety as they struggle with physical limitations and the inability to do all the things they used to do, such as working and providing for their families. If you are experiencing depression-like symptoms, talk with your doctors and make sure they are aware of your symptoms and that they address them appropriately. If necessary, seek additional help from a psychiatrist or psychologist. If your doctor is unable to treat your emotional problems, many county mental health departments offer this kind of care.
How long is the SSD application process going to take?
Depending at what level your claim gets approved, it generally takes three to 12 months for a claim to be evaluated at the initial application level. If a Request for Reconsideration is made, it generally takes an additional three to six months. If you make a Request for Hearing, then the average wait time in North Carolina is an additional 20 months. Unfortunately, the majority of claims must go to hearing, which means a total anticipated wait time of 25 to 36 months, and sometimes longer.
How much will I get if I am approved?
The amount of your monthly benefits is determined by your work history and how much you have paid into the Social Security tax system. Generally, the more you have worked and the higher your earnings, the more your monthly benefit will be. The amount of your monthly benefit is called your Primary Insured Amount or PIA.
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For over 45 years, our firm has been assisting people across the state of North Carolina obtain the Social Security disability benefits they are entitled to. We are your partner in this process, and will stand by you throughout the life of your case to ensure you receive the attention, resources, and answers you deserve.
Hiring Henson Fuerst was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I would highly recommend Henson Fuerst to anyone trying to get disability benefits.Social Security DisabilityMarie A.
Their team is absolutely awesome and they are so diligent in working on your case. I cannot thank them enough.Social Security DisabilityRoxanne P.
They stuck with me even after I was denied again and did not give up on me. They were courteous and kept me in the loop throughout my case until we won.Social Security DisabilityJessica S.
In dealing with Social Security, you need experienced and dedicated people to help you. That is exactly what we got with the Henson Fuerst team. We are very well pleased.Social Security DisabilityDonald M.