An application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in the Raleigh, NC area can take five or more months to pass through the initial review process and only about 51% are approved at this stage. If you’re denied benefits, you can request a second review. If denied again, an appeal can be filed and your application will be scheduled for a review in front of an administrative law judge. All stages in the process, from initial claim to final appeal, can take a year or more.
Being found eligible for SSD under the guidelines of the Social Security Administration means you must provide adequate proof that you’ve been unable to hold a job for a year or longer due to permanent or long-term disability. More specifically, being found eligible for SSD benefits under the SSA's guidelines means that your disability has put you in a position in which you are unable to participate in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) for at least 12 months or longer and, thus, you are unable to make a living that exceeds $1,550 per month. Said differently, you may not earn more than $1,550 per month to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits in Raleigh.
The Federal Social Security Disability benefit for an independent individual is $943 and $1,415 for a couple. To apply for Raleigh disability benefits you can contact the SSA at (800)772-1213, apply online with the SSA, here, or visit your local North Carolina district office. If you need assistant locating the nearest SSA office, you can either call the phone line provided above, or use the SSA’s Office Locator webpage, here.
Raleigh Health Resources
The application you complete for Raleigh disability benefits will be submitted to the local SSA office where it will be reviewed only for completeness. It is the Raleigh Disability Determination Services office which makes a decision regarding your eligibility after reviewing all of the medical documentation your application contains.
To be eligible for SSD, you’ll need to show you’ve received ongoing medical treatment for the condition(s) that are causing your disability. Paying for such healthcare with limited finances can be hard. Here are some Raleigh disability resources for free and low cost healthcare to help.
South Wilmington Outreach Center
1420 S Wilmington St,
Raleigh, NC 27603-2526
Rock Quarry Road Family Medicine
1001 Rock Quarry Rd,
Raleigh, NC 27610-3825
Jones Street Family Medicine
618 W. Jones St,
Raleigh NC 27603
Raleigh Rescue Mission Clinic
314 E. Hargett St,
Raleigh, NC 27611
Urban Ministries Open Door Clinic
1390 Capital Blvd,
Raleigh, NC 27603
Horizon Health Center
1001 Rock Quarry Rd,
Raleigh, NC 27610
Raleigh Mental Health Resources
You may be disabled due to a psychological illness, or you may have a developmental disability of some kind. It’s also possible your physical disabilities are exacerbated by a mental or psychological condition. Regardless of the particulars, if there is a mental or psychological aspect to your disability, your application for Raleigh disability benefits must show you’ve received appropriate ongoing mental healthcare. Here are a few Raleigh disability resources for getting low cost and free mental healthcare.
220 Snow Ave,
Raleigh, NC 27603
Contact the Wake County Local Management Entities (LMEs) of the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services for additional resources in the Raleigh area for free and low cost mental healthcare.
Wake County LME
401 E. Whitaker Mill Rd,
Raleigh, NC 27608
Raleigh Supplemental Security Benefits
If approved for Raleigh disability benefits, you may also be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid and/or Medicare. SSI is often available to those who need long term residential care and similar support services. Medicare and Medicaid cover health expenses. To learn more about SSI, contact the Raleigh SSA Office at:
Social Security Administration
4701 Old Wake Forest,
Raleigh, NC 27609
To learn more about Medicaid and Medicare, contact:
Wake County Division of Social Services
220 Swinburne Rd,
Raleigh, NC 27620
Or visit the North Carolina Division of Medical Assistance’s website, here, to learn more about Medicaid eligibility.
Your Raleigh Social Security Disability Claim
The more extensive the medical documentation contained within your application for Raleigh disability benefits the better your chances of being approved for SSD; however, nothing can guarantee you’ll be found eligible. A Raleigh Social Security lawyer can help improve your odds.
As a disabled person, you work with a tight budget and may be worried about how you’ll pay for legal aide. A Raleigh Social Security attorney charges no upfront fees for services and is only paid if you are approved for SSD. At the commencement of SSD benefits, you’ll receive retroactive benefits and the Raleigh Social Security lawyer will receive 25% of those benefits, up to a max of $6,000.
Contact a Raleigh Social Security lawyer for a free case review of your SSD claim.