Social Security Disability Attorneys


Filing a claim for Social Security Disability or Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) Benefits is often a lengthy and complex process.  If you have been, or will be out of work for 12 months or longer, you may qualify for disability benefits.  Applicants have often worked their whole lives, only to have their claim denied when they need it most.  Our attorneys will work to get you the benefits you have earned.

At Collins Price our primary focus is representing individuals throughout all stages of the disability process. Having helped hundreds of clients earn their disability benefits, we have the experience necessary to help you fight the system.

We have offices conveniently located in Winston-Salem, Mount Airy, and Lexington with the resources to handle claims throughout North Carolina.  Call us today for a free initial consultation with an Attorney.  And remember, you pay us nothing unless we win your case.

Should I File For Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security Disability is a federal insurance program designed to help people who are no longer able to work because of one or more severe medical conditions.  If you are unable to work, consider the following reasons to file your claim for disability benefits today:

If you have been, or will be out of work for 12 months or longer, you may qualify for social security disability benefits.  While there is not a provision for “partial disability,” if you meet the 12 month duration requirement, you may qualify.

  1. No out-of-pocket costs. You pay nothing unless we win your claim!
  2. A monthly deposit into your checking account that may continue for the remainder of your life
  3. A lump sum of money for back due benefits
  4. You may be eligible for Medicare or Medicaid Insurance
  5. Most disability benefits are tax-free
  6. You may receive annual cost of living increases
  7. Your children or family members may be entitled to benefits
  8. Your early retirement benefit may increase

Our clients have often worked their whole lives, only to be denied the benefits they deserve, when they need them most.  Unfortunately, only about 28.5% of applications are initially approved.  You need a licensed attorney to help navigate the lengthy and confusing disability appeals process. We are local attorneys dedicated to representing the injured and disabled of North Carolina. To find out more, call us at 336-793-9680 or fill out the form on the right.

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Why Hire a Disability Attorney at Collins Price, PLLC?

  1. You pay nothing unless we win your claim.  There are no upfront costs and no hidden expenses.  You will receive this guarantee in writing.

  2. We are small, local firm dedicated to representing people seeking Social Security Disability Benefits.  This means we regularly practice in front of local Judges in the Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh and Fayetteville Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review.  If you hire an out-of-state firm, they may not have had the experience in front of local judges that we do at Collins Price.  If you hire us, you will speak to one attorney and one case manager assigned to your claim.   If you hire a national firm, chances are you may not speak with your representative until the day of your hearing.  We take the time to get to know you and your situation.  Giving your claim the individual attention it deserves means we are thoroughly prepared for each and every hearing we attend.

  3. At Collins Price, a licensed North Carolina Attorney will handle your claim. You may have heard about “Non-Lawyer Advocates” at other local firms or the national firms on TV. A non-lawyer advocate did not receive the years of training, nor are they held to the stringent ethical standards imposed on licensed attorneys. A non-lawyer advocate will not be able to pursue your claim in Federal District Court. Before you hire Binder & Binder, The Disability Group, Myler Disability, or any firm off the television, ask whether you will be represented by a licensed attorney.

  4. We win a majority of the Social Security Disability claims we represent.  Every claim is different and no one can guarantee results.  Statistics and our experience have shown that people who hire a competent attorney have a much better chance of winning Social Security Disability Benefits.  Do not allow a simple mistake to torpedo your claim.  We are well versed in the ever-changing procedural, medical, vocational and legal aspects of Social Security Claims.  We will use all of our experience and knowledge to get the best result possible in your case.

Are There Different Types of Disability Benefit Programs?

There are two disability programs that may provide benefits.  Individuals may file an application under a particular program, or both concurrently.  Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) are for disabled workers and certain dependants.  A person applying for DIB benefits will have worked enough to obtain the number of work credits required to be eligible for benefits.  You must also have earned a certain amount of money each year and have had taxes withheld from your pay to receive credits.  If you have worked steadily for at least five of the last ten years, you will often meet the non-medical requirements for DIB Benefits.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is need based.  It is a public assistance program for the elderly, disabled and blind.  SSI benefits are not related to an individual’s earnings.  The Social Security Administration may factor in income, resources, or financial aid into whether you qualify for SSI Benefits.

How Can I Improve My Chances?

Documentation, documentation, documentation.  An opinion from your treating physician or psychiatrist detailing your medical conditions, with reference to symptoms, supportive evidence, and especially any physical, postural, or mental restrictions can be very helpful.  We work closely with doctors to obtain all the information available to strengthen your case.

If you have lost insurance or do not have the funds to seek medical care, we will help connect you with free or low-cost clinics in your area to help document your symptoms.

File your claim for Social Security Disability benefits the day your condition takes you out of work.  With the help of an attorney, you will have the tools that may help you receive a fast and favorable decision in your disability claim.

What Medical Conditions Qualify for Benefits?

Any condition (physical or mental) that seriously affects your ability to perform work-related activities may meet the criteria for Social Security Disability Benefits.  

Some examples (non-exclusive list):  back problems, degenerative disk disease, breathing problems (copd or asthma), chronic heart disease (history of heart attacks), fibromyalgia, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, seizures despite use of medication, cancer, immune system disorders, extreme psoriasis involving hands and feet, multiple sclerosis, HIV positive, blindness or deafness, mental conditions (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) and other severe medical conditions.

A Step-By-Step Explanation of the Appeals Process:

  1. Initial application (1st step).  This can often be done online, over the phone, or in person by contacting your local Social Security Administration field office found at www.ssa.gov. It will take approximately 3 months to hear from the SSA. Most applications are denied.

  2. Reconsideration (2nd step). This is an appeal of the initial denial, and it involves filling out a form provided by the SSA. This will take another few months.  Your claim will more than likely be denied here as well.

  3. Hearing (3rd step).  Most people who are awarded benefits receive them after this stage. Hearings are held by Administrative Law Judges in Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh and Fayetteville.  Medical evidence along with letters from doctors is essential to prevailing.  An Administrative Law Judge will evaluate your case based upon the medical evidence you present and the testimony you provide.

While non-attorneys can file Social Security Disability claims, the odds of 
prevailing are against you.  Attorneys are skilled at compiling evidence and presenting facts in a way that will greatly increase your chance of prevailing.  The whole process usually takes about 18 months (after the initial two denials and the hearing).

How do I Contact a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

We are based out of Winston-Salem, NC with additional satellite offices in Mount Airy and Lexington, NC.  If you are not able to travel to one of our offices, we will gladly meet at a location convenient to you.  This allows the attorneys at Collins Price, PLLC to handle disability claims all across North Carolina.

Call us today at (336) 793-9680 or Toll Free at (877) 296-1030 to set up a free consultation.