While it might only take most of our readers a few minutes to get to Raleigh’s Social Security office at 4701 Old Wake Forest Road, it can take months to get an application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits filed and approved there.
On Veteran’s Day, we honor the millions of men and women who have protected our freedoms by serving in our nation’s military. A recent editorial pointed out that politicians of every stripe love to talk about their support for our veterans, but action speaks much louder than words.
Living with rheumatoid arthritis is like living with war: your body’s immune system is attacking your body’s tissues. No one wins, of course. This autoimmune disorder can make it difficult to walk or stand and can also come with pain and fatigue issues that make it impossible to keep working.
There are some annual traditions around this time of year worth noting: North Carolina State’s football season is well underway and basketball season is not far off. The World Series is approaching and the state fair is just around the corner.
Raleigh weather can be a real pain. Hot and humid days fill our summers and we’re not immune from healthy doses of rain and even the occasional city-stopping snowfall. While our unpredictable weather can snarl rush hour traffic or put crimps in the weekend plans of families, weather can have much more ominous meaning to those with disabilities.
The rules, regulations and laws that govern Social Security benefits for disability and retirement are complex and often confusing. That’s why we’re going to devote this post in our Raleigh blog to the intersection of SSD and retirement benefits.
The Social Security administration (SSA) advises people who can no longer work due to injury or illness to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits as soon as they become disabled. While the advice is sound, it should be noted that the SSA also wants you to bring with you to the Raleigh office when you apply for SSD benefits a raft of information that most people simply do not have in their possession.
We have written in the past in this space about wait times involved in filing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims. In Raleigh, the wait for a hearing on your claim averages about 15 months.
Imagine that you are in such a dire medical condition that doctors said you would not live much longer. And imagine further your elation when those same doctors came back to you and said they had revised their estimate of your life expectancy upwards by 20 years.
While most Raleigh workers have access in one form or another to disability insurance, most don’t know much about the insurance that protects them in the event of injury or illness. According to one study, only 38 percent of workers are knowledgeable about disability insurance.