If you need a Social Security Disability Lawyer in Fayetteville, NC, The Bishop Law Firm can help. We represent disability clients in Fayetteville and surrounding areas.
Applying for and receiving Social Security Disability can be a daunting dask. After you initially apply for benefits at the Fayetteville SSA Office, your case is sent to DDS (Disability Determination Services) in Raleigh, NC. DDS denies most of the cases that they see. Unfortunately, the first two levels of the disability process, Initial and Reconsideration, are decided by DDS. If you are denied at the Reconsideration level, you will have to request a hearing before an SSA Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Luckily, Fayetteville has their own hearing office located at 150 Rowan Street. In addition, Fayetteville residents can have video hearing with ALJs outside of Fayetteville at a small office at the back of the SSA Office.
If you are unable to work because of your health, you should apply for disability benefits as soon as possible. You can do this online, in person or by phone. In order to be able to apply for benefits you have to be making less than substantial gainful activity (SGA) per month and qualify for either disability insurance benefits (DIB) or supplemental security Income (SSI). You can hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer in Fayetteville, NC at any time. Some clients wait until they have received a denial while others have an attorney even before they apply.
If you have already been denied for benefits, you will need to request (appeal) reconsideration or a hearing. The appeal must be filed within 60 days of your denial. If you miss this deadline, you will have to start the process from the beginning which is something that you want to avoid. Statistically speaking you have a better chance of being approved in front of an ALJ than you do by DDS, so please don’t delay in getting your case before the ALJ as soon as possible.
In order to be approved for DIB or SSI, you must be receiving medical treatment. The problem that my clients most frequently encounter is the ability to afford medical treatment and their medications. I advise clients to apply for Medicaid at Cumberland County Social Services, contact MedAssist to try to get help with their medications and try to obtain free/low cost medical treatment. Many of my clients go to Goshen Medical Center or The Care Clinic. For a complete list of low cost clinics in Fayetteville, look here. Please do all you can to obtain medical treatment. Effort counts for a lot!
A Social Security Disability Lawyer in Fayetteville, NC can help you gather medical evidence, obtain opinions from your doctor, prepare you for your hearing and present your case to the ALJ in the way that Social Security needs to see it to make the right decision. The Bishop Law offers free reviews by phone and we do not get paid unless you win your case and you receive back pay. Call us today for a free case review, (919) 615-3095.