Fight for Benefits With Social Security Lawyers for New Bern
Were you denied Social Security Disability benefits in New Bern? You’re not alone. The Fayetteville Office of Hearing Operations (OHO) dismissed or denied around 53% of the cases it heard – above the state average of 50%. With wait times above 400 days, it’s no wonder many people lose hope and fail to fight for the benefits they may deserve.
Don’t give up! A professional, caring Social Security Disability lawyer for New Bern may be able to assist you, take the burden off your mind, and help you seek benefits as quickly as possible. Call us anytime at 1-866-900-7078 for a free case evaluation.
How Do I Qualify for Disability in New Bern?
This is an entirely different question from “How do I apply for Disability,” and qualification must be solved first. Disability benefits are a type of insurance – literally Social Security Disability Insurance, and to qualify to receive them, you have to have that insurance you get by paying payroll taxes. If you have not worked long enough, you may not qualify. Even if you do not qualify for SSDI, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
If you’re not sure if you qualify for SSDI or SSI – and the calculations can be a bit complicated – contact an experienced Social Security lawyer for New Bern. Put our team’s experience to work with a free case evaluation!
What Are Work Credits, and How Are They Calculated?
The easy way to define “work credits” is “quarters of work in which you paid payroll taxes.” So if you work one year, you typically have worked four quarters and have four work credits. Qualification for Disability benefits is a bit different than regular Social Security. The Social Security Administration (SSA) sets forth two tests for someone to qualify for Disability benefits.
Recent Work Test
Depending on your age, you’ll need to have earned a certain number of work credits within a timeframe specified by the administration.
Duration Work Test
You will need to have a minimum number of credits based on your age when your disability began to qualify for benefits.
While there are some exceptions and mitigating factors, here’s a simpler way of understanding it. There are 4 quarters of possible credit in a year and one must have at least 20 quarters of credit out of the last 40 possible to qualify. In other words, have worked enough in five of the last ten years and paid the appropriate taxes.
That’s as simple an example as we can give you. Social Security Disability has many rules, and it’s often best to consult with a Social Security Disability lawyer to get some clarity – and the help you may need.
What Kinds of Conditions Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?
The SSA has a list of medical conditions that it often uses to decide if you’re qualified and if so, how much you’ll get. Making a claim is not as simple as saying you have a condition. You’ll have to submit forms and records (among other things) to back up your claim.
If you want to learn more about the application process or want someone to help you try to cut through the red tape and navigate the SSA’s procedures, a New Bern disability lawyer may be the right call.
Where Is the New Bern Social Security Office?
The Social Security Administration office is located behind the McCarthy Crossing shopping center at:
1420 McCarthy Blvd
New Bern, NC 28562
How Can a Social Security Lawyer for New Bern Help My Claim?
We know the system, its processes, and deadlines. So many initial claims are denied – about two-thirds overall – that the process itself can wear out the people who need benefits. Aside from tackling the bureaucracy, we free up your time and reduce the stress that comes with a looming battle with the SSA.
We also know what information to highlight on your application and how to put together your case. If we can get you approved sooner, all the better. If your claim is denied, we can provide the courtroom experience to help you as you appeal. You’re statistically more likely to be approved on appeal, and an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can give you numerous advantages before the judge.
Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin for a Social Security Disability Attorney Serving New Bern
Our team is led by attorney Rick Fleming, a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law. The team includes people who formerly worked for the Social Security Administration. Together, they seek to provide you with an advantage in your case.
Plus, there is no out-of-pocket cost to put us in your corner. Because we work on a contingency fee basis, we do not collect an attorney’s fee unless we collect for you.2 We’re ready to help you fight for Social Security Disability benefits. Call us anytime at 1-866-900-7078 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Or, if you prefer, you can contact our New Bern office to schedule an appointment.Text Us
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