Spruce Pine Social Security Disability Lawyers
When You Need Social Security Disability Benefits, We’re The Firm To Help. Let Grimes Teich Anderson Fight For The Benefits You Deserve.
Are you or a loved one about to begin applying for Social Security disability benefits? Or has a recent claim come back denied? If so, the attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson can help.
The process of filing for social security benefits can often be tedious and time-consuming. This is especially true if a candidate navigates the process alone. However, an experienced social security disability lawyer can make all the difference -- and help get you the benefits you need.
Since 1979, the Social Security disability attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson have been helping people throughout North Carolina and South Carolina secure the Social Security disability benefits they are legally entitled to.*
We understand the complexity of the Social Security disability application process at state and federal levels, which is why we will work hard to win you the benefits you need. If you have questions about the application or appeals process for Social Security disability benefits, call us today at 800-533-6845 or complete our free case evaluation form online.
Conditions That Qualify for Social Security Benefits in North Carolina and South Carolina
If any of the following conditions apply to you, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits:
- Do you have a physical disability or mental health disorder that has lasted a year, or is it expected to last at least one year?
- Does your disability keep you from working full-time?
- Do you have a life-threatening disability?
To qualify for disability benefits, you must have previously worked in a position that is covered by Social Security or you must meet the financial requirements for Supplemental Security Income. Additionally, you must have a proven medical condition or injury that meets or exceeds SSA's definition of disability. The SSA uses a strict definition of disability related to a person's ability to perform work and the projected length of their disability. The SSA also requires that applicants submit medical records to support their claims. Some conditions that qualify for benefits include:
- Chronic heart disease
- Back and neck problems
- Mental disorders
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Neurological disorders
- Multiple sclerosis
- Breathing problems
- Seizures, even when using medication
- Immune system disorders
- Psoriasis of the hands or feet
For a complete list of qualifying disabilities, please visit SSA's Blue Book. This blue book is found exclusively online at Listing of Impairments - Adult Listings (Part A) (ssa.gov).
We Work To Make The Claims Process As Stress-Free As Possible
The Social Security disability claims process involves extensive paperwork and can get troubling at times. However, our Social Security disability attorneys have the experience to tackle any trouble that may arise, handling the following case types:
Disability Hearings. Unfortunately, the initial approval rate of Social Security claims is only about 30%, which means most people applying for benefits will have an SSD hearing before an administrative law judge. Our experienced team of attorneys will walk you through every step of this process and attend the hearing with you.
Appeals. If an applicant’s social security claim is denied, they have the right to ask for an appeal. However, it's important to act quickly. Typically, you have only 60 days to request an appeal. Contact our experienced team today and see how we can help you through the appeals process.
Benefits Eligibility. If you have questions about your eligibility for benefits, our attorneys can review and discuss details of your case with you. Contact us today to see how we may be able to help.
SSD Frequently Asked Questions
Is My Condition Considered a Disability Eligible for SSDI Benefits?
Under the Social Security Act, a disability is defined as the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment. This impairment must have lasted, or be expected to last, for a continuous period of not less than 12 months or be expected to result in death.
A medically determinable impairment is a mental or physical impairment verifiable by diagnostic testing or other medically acceptable clinical and laboratory diagnostic techniques. In addition, your disability must be considered severe, such that you are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity and prevent or limit you from engaging in basic work-related activities, such as moving, sitting, or thinking. Finally, your condition must have lasted for at least one year or be expected to last for at least one year.
What Does Substantial Gainful Activity Mean?
Substantial gainful activity refers to the level of work activity and earning capacity of an individual. An applicant must be unable to engage in significant gainful activity due to their medical impairment. Generally, the Social Security Administration considers those earning more than a certain amount per month to be engaging in substantial gainful activity. This amount typically increases each year with the cost of living. For 2021, the income limit for non-blind individuals is $1,310 per month (net of disability-related work expenses). For statutorily blind individuals, the limit is $2,190 (net of disability-related work expenses).
Would I Still Be Eligible for SSDI Benefits if I Return to Work?
Yes, but only for a certain period, according to guidelines set out by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you return to work while collecting SSDI benefits, you must notify the SSA. You may be eligible for a work incentive program, such as the Trial Work Program, which allows you to work for nine months within five years to test whether you can work while still receiving full benefits. Once you have worked for nine months within five years, engaging in substantial gainful activity in the Trial Work Program, your SSDI benefits will end. There may be other work incentive programs available to you, which you can discuss with an attorney.
Will Collecting Workers Compensation or Other Disability Benefits Affect My Eligibility For SSDI?
Generally, yes. If the combined amount of your SSDI benefit payments, workers' compensation, and public disability benefits exceed 80 percent of your average earnings before you become disabled, your SSDI benefits will be reduced. This only includes public disability benefits under federal, state, or local government laws, such as civil service disability benefits, temporary disability benefits, and retirement benefits based on disability. Disability payments from private sources, like a personal pension or insurance, will not affect your SSDI benefits.
What Are The Differences Between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?
Eligibility requirements for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are similar to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The main difference is that you must submit documentation of your low income instead of your employment history for SSI. These benefits are meant for workers who have become disabled and have a meager income or for people who have not been able to work. Additionally, the federal government funds SSI, while deductions from employee paychecks fund SSDI.
How Can I File for Social Security Disability in North Carolina or South Carolina?
To receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you must first fill out an application. You can complete the application on SSA's website. To strengthen your claim and increase your chances of approval, we recommend speaking with a qualified Social Security disability lawyer at Grimes Teich Anderson.
What To Do If the Social Security Administration Has Denied My Benefits Claim?
More often than not, claims to receive Social Security disability benefits are initially denied. However, just because your claim was denied does not mean that you do not have a valid case. Get the help you need from one of our experienced Social Security disability attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson. Working with an experienced, professional Social Security disability law firm can increase your chances of being awarded these benefits. Grimes Teich Anderson wants you to get the help that you need and deserve.
Experienced Representation for Your Social Security Disability Case
Statistics show that the Social Security Administration is more likely to approve an applicant represented by legal counsel than one who isn't. Grimes Teich Anderson has helped clients across the Carolinas obtain the Social Security disability benefits they need for over forty years.* Let us help you too. Contact us today by calling our office toll-free at 800-533-6845 or submit a form on our website for a free consultation of your case today.