We represent people all over eastern North Carolina regarding disability claims.
The federal government provides aid to those workers who are disabled and no longer able to hold gainful employment. There are two main programs for distributing this aid: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both of these programs have certain medical requirements that must be met, and SSDI requires that the worker has enough prior work experience to qualify. You can check with your local Social Security Administration office to see if you qualify for SSDI, get an estimate from them of what your expected monthly benefit would be if you are determined to be disabled.
Typically, you must be out of work for one year, or expected to be out of work for at least a year. This can be due to a single mental or physical condition, an accident or injury, or a combination of several issues. There is no age requirement, but if you are over 65 you will automatically be moved to retirement benefits.
Social Security Disability Claim Denied?
We often see that a client’s initial application for benefits is denied. After the first (1st) denial, you have a right to request “reconsideration” of that initial decision. If at this phase you recieve a second (2nd) denial, you then have a right to appeal your case to an administrative law judge (ALJ), who will determine whether or not you qualify based on a number of considerations. You should contact us if you have been denied twice and it was your Request for Reconsideration which was denied.
At Mast Law Firm we know that having a disability claims attorney can dramatically increase your chances of receiving all of the Social Security benefits you are entitled to. We can help you assemble your claim which sets forth what the ALJ wants and needs to know, and we can handle the necessary paperwork efficiently and effectively. Finally, we will be with you, at your side, when your case is heard by the judge.
Contingency Fee Cases Handled
We may handle your SSDI and SSI case on a “contingency fee basis” which means that you will not be responsible for paying attorney fees out of pocket, only costs incurred, and we only recover our attorney fees if we are successful and obtain for you your past-due benefits. Currently, the law limits the amount any attorney can collect, which is 25% of the past-due benefits and caps the amount.
If you have suffered an injury or other medical disability which prevents you from working, call our Smithfield, North Carolina office at (919) 934-6187, or toll free at (800) 280-6676 or our Cleveland/Garner office at (919) 661-2005. You can also contact us on the web. Our initial consultation for Social Security disability cases is free of charge. For more information visit our legal services page.