Social Security Disability Insurance is a complex topic. To help you better understand the process of applying for disability benefits, we have listed some commonly asked questions below. If you have further questions or want to request a free evaulation of your claim, please navigate to the contact page.
What is the phone number for Social Security?
You can search for your local Social Security Field Office by zip code at: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp
Or – see below for SSA offices in our area.
Winston Salem Social Security Field Office
1370 Lockland Ave
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Charlotte Social Security Field Office
2201 Coronation Blvd, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28227
Mount Airy Social Security Field Office
1187 Andy Griffith Parkway
Mount Airy, NC 27030
Salisbury Social Security Field Office (Serving Lexington)
1840 Jake Alexander Blvd W
Salisbury, NC 28147
When are disability funds direct deposited?
This is different for everyone. If approved for Social Security Disabiltiy benefits, they will be available to you on the start of the business day you are scheduled to receive payment based on your approval process. The funds will be deposited on the same day each month.
How much does a Social Security Disability lawyer cost?
We work on a contingency fee basis. If your claim is successful, we receive a percentage of any back pay awarded to you, up to a cap of $6,000. If you lose your claim or do not receive any back pay, we do not receive any fee for our services.
How do I set up direct deposit with the Social Security Administration?
You can set up direct deposit at your bank or credit union, or you can sign up on the SSA’s website at www.socialsecurity.gov/deposit or by visiting a Social Security office. You can also make changes to your direct deposit on the SSA’s website or by phone.
Do I have to have a disability lawyer to file for Social Security Disability?
No. Many people work with a qualified disability lawyer because the process of applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is complicated and long. But, you can contact a Social Security office directly and file a claim directly if you prefer. You can search for your local Social Security Field Office by zip code at: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp
How long does it take to get disability?
The amount of time varies greatly based on each individual claim, but we tell our clients to assume that the process from beginning to end could take as long as two years. Unfortunately, North Carolina has some of the longest waiting times in the country. You can find the 12-month moving average of processed claims on Social Security’s website.
What does SSDI stand for?
SSDI or Social Security Disability Insurance is a Federal Program for disabled workers and certain dependents. 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.
Can you get disability for mental health?
Yes! SSDI defines a qualifying disability as “the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.”
How long does Social Security Disability last?
It depends on the individual claim and the nature of your medical problems. We wrote a blog post covering this topic in greater detail if you’re interested.
I live a distance away – are you still able to help me with my disability claim?
We’re proud to serve clients all across North Carolina. We’ve handled cases from the mountains of Franklin, NC to the beaches in Wilmington. If you don’t live near an office, our attorneys are flexible and can handle many issues through the mail or over the telephone. If you can’t travel and a deadline is looming, we’ve been known to make house calls as well.
Do you just handle Social Security Disability applications?
We are happy to represent you at every stage – from helping you navigate the application process, to preparing you and being present at your hearings as well as guiding you through the appeals process.