Handling Your Social Security Claim From A Position Of Strength And Experience
From application to appeal to a hearing or filing a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, the Social Security law firm of O’Malley Tunstall PLLC can help. If you suffer from a serious injury or medical condition that is keeping you from working or living your usual lifestyle, let a Social Security Disability (SSD) attorney help you get the benefits you deserve
Attorney Susan M. O’Malley is a board-certified specialist in Social Security Disability law through the North Carolina State Bar. With offices in Raleigh and Tarboro, we help clients throughout eastern North Carolina. O’Malley Tunstall is just a phone call away.
Was Your Initial SSD Application Denied? That’s Not The End Of Your Case.
Receiving a denied application can be defeating, but that doesn’t mean that you should give up. Many people have their claims denied at first. Our SSD lawyers can help you. We represent clients at all steps along the appeal process, including during:
- Requests for reconsideration after denial of initial applications
- Administrative law judge hearings
- Appeal council reviews
- Federal court reviews
Helping You Understand The Social Security Disability Process
Many people are so confused by the application process and by all the questions that come up that they just give up. Please don’t do that. The Social Security Administration (SSA) must pay if you are qualified for benefits. We have answered some commonly asked questions to help you understand what you need to do and when:
How do I apply for benefits?
You can apply at any Social Security office in your area or it can be done by mail or phone. This should be done as soon as you become disabled.
When can I expect my first benefit check?
It varies depending on the type of claim you have, when your claim was filed, and when your claim was approved. It may take three to five for a decision to be made on your application. Once approved, it may take a couple more months for the first check to arrive. This is why it is important to file an application as soon as you can.
What if my claim is denied?
Don’t take no for an answer. Benefits are not usually awarded the first or second tries. The Social Security Administration does not make it easy for applicants to win. The SSA also has strict time limits at each level in which to file appeals. This is why you should promptly appeal the decision as soon as possible.
How does my past income affect my right to SSD benefits?
Social Security Disability is an income-based program, that is, your eligibility is determined by the “disability credits” you earn with your earnings. People who earned more in their careers will receive higher disability benefits than people who earned less. If you haven’t earned enough credits, you are not eligible for SSD, but you may well be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is not based on your income.
How much can I expect to receive in benefits?
The Social Security Administration calculates your SSD benefits based on your average current monthly earnings. You can get a copy of your earning record and estimated Social Security Disability benefits by contacting the SSA office in your area.
I’m getting other disability benefits. Does this prevent me from receiving Social Security Disability benefits?
Not necessarily, but your SSD benefits can be reduced if you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits or benefits from certain federal, state, local government, civil service or military disability programs.
What can cause my benefits to stop?
If your work situation has changed “substantially” (meaning you receive more than what Social Security deems substantial gainful employment) or your condition has improved to the point that you are no longer considered disabled.
Your Family Members May Also Be Eligible For SSD
Family members of workers who are eligible for SSD benefits are also eligible for benefits. There are no work requirements families must meet. Spouses, ex-spouses and minor children may also be eligible for benefits, known as auxiliary benefits.
Military Veterans And Social Security Disability Benefits
There is a special program that helps injured veterans received SSD benefits. Many war wounds are hidden from view, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), brain injuries and mental health conditions. We frequently work with ex-members of the armed forces formerly stationed at Fort Bragg, helping them get the benefits they need.
You Can Contact A Social Security Disability Attorney 24 Hours A Day
The earlier you ask for our help, the faster and better we are able to help you win your case. We’ll even come to you. With offices in Raleigh and Tarboro serving eastern North Carolina, O’Malley Tunstall offers care for your case. Your North Carolina State Bar board-certified Social Security Disability lawyer, Susan M. O’Malley, is just a phone call away. Call 855-975-2625 today.