Find a Skilled Social Security Disability Lawyer in Henderson
A city with a population of nearly 15,000, Henderson was officially chartered in 1841 and is the county seat of Vance County. Named in honor of former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Leonard Henderson, the city is also known for having the largest lake in the state, Lake Kerr.
A less well-known fact is that the city may also have a much larger percentage of disabled people than the country, as a whole. U.S. Census data indicates that the city’s percentage of disabled people under the age of 65 from 2015-2019 was 18% in comparison to the state (9%) and the U.S. (9%).
If you are disabled and have questions about your eligibility for Disability benefits and how to apply for them, look to experienced Disability lawyers in Henderson for guidance. At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, our Social Security Disability team is committed to helping clients understand their rights involving Social Security Disability. We assist clients in the application process, as well as in the appeals process.
Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability?
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you are eligible for Supplement Security Income (SSI) if you are:
- 65 years of age or older
- Blind or disabled
And if you:
- Have limited income
- Have limited resources
- Are a U.S. citizen, a national, or one of certain categories of aliens
- Meet certain other requirements as listed on the SSA website on SSI eligibility
To determine your eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), the SSA reviews:
- How long you worked
- How recently you worked
- Whether you paid Social Security taxes on your earnings
If you are eligible for SSDI based on the above criteria, then the SSA will determine if you are disabled by reviewing these five questions:
- Are you working?
- Is your condition “severe”?
- Is your condition found in the list of disabling conditions?
- Can you do the work you did previously?
- Can you do any other type of work?
The SSA is a large organization, and there are many complex procedures and rules related to Disability benefits. We encourage you to consult with a Henderson Social Security lawyer when applying for Disability, as well as when dealing with the appeals process.
How Much Will I Get in Disability Benefits?
The type of Disability benefits you apply for will affect the amount you may receive. The SSA pays a fixed monthly amount to approved applicants requesting SSI. This amount is based on the Federal Benefit Rate (FBR). In 2021, the FBR was $794 for eligible individuals and $1,191 for eligible married couples.
The SSA calculates SSDI benefits using a weighted formula that factors in the amount of income on which an applicant has paid Social Security taxes. In 2021, the average monthly SSDI benefit was $1,277.
How Do I Calculate Disability Payments?
If you are approved, the SSA takes into account the average amount you’ve earned per month over a period of your adult years and inserts these variables in a primary insurance amount (PIA) formula to calculate your actual monthly Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefit.
You can use the SSA online benefits calculator to obtain an estimate of monthly Disability, retirement, and survivor benefits that may be available to you. There is also a more comprehensive Social Security detailed benefit calculator which will compute historical benefits, as well as estimate potential benefits. Both calculators take into account your specific characteristics (such as date of birth, past earnings, and type of benefit).
Can I Afford to Hire a Lawyer for a Social Security Disability Case?
Yes, you probably can afford to hire a lawyer for your Disability case. You might think there are huge costs when hiring a lawyer. Luckily, that’s not always the case. Our law firm requires no up-front costs, and we work on a contingency fee basis, which means we collect a percentage of any total compensation we get for you.2 And there’s a cap on the contingency fee, as well, because the federal government has mandated that it must be limited to whichever is less of $6,000 or 25% of your back-due benefits.
Don’t stress about whether or not you can afford to hire a Social Security Disability lawyer in Henderson. We want you to focus on your health and your family, not on the cost of representation. If we win for you, you don’t pay an attorney’s fee until after you have received your Disability benefits.2
Contact Experienced Disability Lawyers in Henderson, NC
If you have a disability and want assistance with your claim or an appeal, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin has the resources and experience to help.
- Several members of our Disability team have worked inside the SSA.
- Several of our paralegals have more than six years of experience as Disability Determination Services examiners.
- Our firm relies on proprietary software we created to help our Social Security Disability lawyers and paralegals try to be as efficient as possible.
Our lead Disability attorney, Rick Fleming, has dedicated much time and energy to fighting for the rights of people with disabilities. In addition to being a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law, he has served on the Disability Advocates Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) and has been an active member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR). Read how Rick helped a client, Tony, after he had been denied Disability benefits twice.Text Us
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