When you get hurt or fall ill, the impact on your life is instantaneous. You may immediately have to deal with reduced income because you can’t work. There are other expenses that often come with an injury or illness too. These can include extensive medical costs from hospitalization and emergency transportation, which can cost thousands of dollars.
Unfortunately, while Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available, these benefits do not come right away. In fact, most North Carolina applicants have to wait more than a year to get approval to receive the benefits that they need. On the upside, the turnaround times are improving. Applicants in the Raleigh area are experiencing the shortest wait out of anyone else in the state.
How long do Raleigh applicants have to wait?
After an SSD application is denied, applicants should immediately request a hearing. The hearing allows you to present evidence that substantiates your need for disability benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, average wait times from the date of a hearing request until the hearing is held varies across the state:
- Greensboro applicants have to wait an average of 18 and a half months
- Fayetteville – 18 months
- Charlotte – 15 months
- Raleigh – 11 and a half months
Basically, applicants in the Raleigh area can look forward to faster processing and quicker access to the benefits they need in part because the local Social Security office is faster at moving through the process.
Some serious medical conditions may entitle you to expedited consideration
If you have a severe medical condition that is either degenerative or terminal, the Social Security Administration may expedite the application process to help you get benefits quicker. However, it’s important for applicants to understand that this expedited processing is only intended to protect those whose conditions are so severe that delays may mean they never collect benefits at all.