Asheville (Buncombe County) residents who are applying for social security disability can choose to either apply for SSDI or SSI. As of December 2011, there were 9,060 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 5,556 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Buncombe County. An Asheville disability attorney or advocate will be able to determine which program you should apply for.
If you hire a disability attorney, they will generally take care of the application for you. However, if you are applying for disability on your own, you can either apply online or at a local SSA office. Listed below are the two offices closest to Asheville:
800 Centre Park Drive
Asheville, NC 28805
205 S Grove St
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Asheville Disability Attorney
In addition to help you fill out paperwork, an Asheville disability attorney will also represent you during the disability appeals process. Most initial applications are denied, thus your attorney could prove to be helpful during your disability hearing.
An Asheville Social Security disability lawyer will generally handle cases in surrounding area of such as: Hendersonville, Waynesville, Morgantown, Greenville, NC.
Choosing whether or not to hire an attorney can be a difficult decision. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the North Carolina Bar Association:
8000 Weston Parkway
Cary, NC 27513
Being Prepared for your Asheville Disability Hearing
If your claim is denied at the 1st 2 stages of the application process, then you will have to request to have a disability hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Administrative Law Judges are in charge of making a decision to approve or deny your claim during the hearing.
All Asheville claimants will have to go to Kingsport, TN for their disability hearing. Currently, there are 4,641 pending cases at the Kingsport office and the wait time is 319 days.
From October 2012 to January 2013, the Kingsport hearing office had 1566 hearings scheduled. Approximately 91.7% of these hearings were resolved (approved, partially approved or denied). The 7 judges in the Kingsport office handled about 2.9 dispositions per day or approximately 20 hearings scheduled per day. Approximately, 13% of the hearings were held through video conferencing.
The disability hearing is the stage of the process where it is vital to have an Asheville disability attorney. Your attorney will be familiar with the judges at the Kingsport office, as well other specifics associated with disability hearings.
If you are in a very tough financial or medical situation and you need the hearing process sped up, you many contact you congressman at:.
200 N. Grove St.
Henderson, NC 28792
Phone: (828) 693-5603
Please fill out the form below to speak with an attorney or advocate for a free evaluation of your claim.