Social Security Disabililty Benefits are available to individuals who are found disabled by the Social Security Administration. The process can be long and difficult. First, you must apply for benefits at your local Social Security Office. Your case will be sent to DDS in Raleigh, NC. DDS will review your case. If you are denied by DDS, you must file an appeal called a reconsideration. The initial and reconsideration levels last from 3-6 months each.

Along the way you will fill out countless forms and  possibly be sent to a doctor at Social Security’s expense for what is called a consultative examination. Consultative examiners are doctors in your local area that perform these types of examinations. The exams could be for your mental or physcial impairments. If you are denied at the reconsideration level you will have to request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). It takes from 10-12 months to get a hearing.

The best advice anyone can give you if you are interested in filing for disability benefits in Raleigh, NC is to go to the doctor and take your medications as prescribed. If you can not afford to go to the doctor, you need to apply for Medicaid. If you are turned down for Medicaid you need to appeal the Medicaid denial. Medical treatment and compliance is essential to your disability case.

Disability Benefits in Raleigh, NC are difficult to attain but you will make the process even harder if you are not receiving medical care.