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Reliable and Experienced Social Security Attorney Serving Goldsboro, NC*


With a population of nearly 35,000, Goldsboro is located in North Carolina’s Coastal Plain region. It is best known as home to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, which occupies more than 3,300 acres in the city and serves as home to the 4th Fighter Wing of the Air Combat Command and the 916th Air Refueling Wing. The Goldsboro office of the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is located about 10 minutes from the Air Force base.

If you have a question about a Social Security Disability claim or appeal, call for an in-person appointment or contact us for a free case evaluation. We understand Social Security Disability law and are passionate about helping our disabled clients fight for the benefits to which they may be entitled.

What Is Considered a Disability in NC?

There is a list of medical impairments that the Social Security Administration (SSA) refers to when deciding whether or not you have a disability that qualifies you for Social Security Disability benefits.

The SSA also looks at many factors when determining whether or not you have a disability, such as your:

  • Age
  • Education
  • Work experience
  • Abilities and skills
  • Medical records

In addition to having a disability, you must also be eligible to receive these benefits.  Eligibility is determined based on how long you worked, how recently you worked, and whether you paid Social Security taxes on your earnings. A Social Security disability lawyer can help you determine if you are eligible to apply for Social Security Disability benefits.

How Many Times Can Social Security Deny You?

If your initial claim is denied, the Social Security Administration could potentially deny you multiple times on that specific claim. However, you can file a new disability claim and start the process over.

If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, contact a Disability attorney for Goldsboro, NC. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our Disability attorneys work closely with clients to try to ensure that their applications and appeals are accurately prepared and submitted within the designated timeframes. They have helped clients at all levels of the appeals process. Call us at 1-866-900-7078 for a free Social Security Disability case evaluation.

SSD can be denied at first application, reconsideration, hearing, appeals council & federal court.

How Long Does It Take to Get Approved for Social Security Disability?

The SSA can take three to five months to process a Social Security Disability application, so you may have to wait this amount of time before you potentially get approved. There is a mandatory waiting period of five months between the onset of your condition and when you can receive potential Disability benefits, so even if you are approved in three months, you will still have to wait another two months to receive any benefits.

Unfortunately, two-thirds of applications are initially denied. If your claim was denied, you can start the process of appealing the denial, which adds additional time to the process. So, as you can see, it can take a while to get approved for Social Security Disability – if you’re approved. We urge you to talk to a Disability attorney as soon as you become disabled for guidance on how to apply for benefits.

Is It Hard to Get Disability Benefits in NC?

It can be difficult to get Disability benefits, and the majority of first-time Disability claims are denied. A Social Security attorney for Goldsboro, NC can help you through the application and appeals processes by:

  • 61% of SSDI and SSI claims are denied the 1st time.Organizing paperwork and records
  • Trying to ensure that no deadlines are missed
  • Highlighting critical aspects of your case
  • Drawing on courtroom experience
  • Questioning any witnesses
  • Preparing issue-focused rationale

One of the most important things a lawyer can do to help you in this trying time is to focus on your case so you can concentrate on your health.

Some of our clients tried filing for Disability on their own without success. Read how our attorneys helped one such client, Ralph M.

How Much Does a Social Security Lawyer Cost?

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin operates on a contingency fee basis, which means we collect a percentage of any total compensation we get for you.2 The federal government has mandated that this contingency fee must be limited to 25% of back-due benefits, or $6,000, whichever is less. 

And if you are awarded benefits, you don’t pay our firm an attorney’s fee until after you have received your Disability benefits. This type of arrangement helps people with disabilities benefit from legal counsel without having to worry about upfront costs.

Contact Experienced Social Security Disability Attorneys Serving Goldsboro, NC

If you are disabled and want assistance in filing or appealing your Disability claim, look for an attorney who is a recognized advocate of the disabled. Heading our Social Security Disability team is attorney Rick Fleming, a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law – a certification earned by a very small percentage (less than .5%) of attorneys licensed to practice in North Carolina.3

In addition to working with his clients, Rick has served on the Disability Advocates Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), is a multi-time winner of the NCAJ Order of Service Award, and has been an active member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR).

“As a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability law, ensuring that the disability community has ready access to highly qualified representation and that the process itself is fair and independent are my primary motivating goals.” — Rick Fleming

Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin or call us at 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation. We want to help you fight for all the Disability benefits you may be entitled to.

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3Figures provided by NC State Bar as of 2/21.

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