Asheville SSDI Benefits Attorney

Filing for and receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a frustrating and complicated process for a disabled person to attempt on their own. More often than not, a first filing for a claim for SSDI is denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), especially when the claimant is not represented by a lawyer.

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Filing for and receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a frustrating and complicated process for a disabled person to attempt on their own. More often than not, a first filing for a claim for SSDI is denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), especially when the claimant is not represented by a lawyer.

At The Elmore Law Firm, we help disabled people in Asheville and throughout western North Carolina file for and collect their rightful SSDI benefits. We may be able to resolve a claim on the first filing, decreasing our clients’ stress and increasing their ability to get back on their feet financially while they cope with their disability. Even if your claim is initially denied – as many are – you should not give up hope. Claimants frequently recover the benefits they deserve during the reconsideration and appeals process. Our lawyer can help.

If you are in the Asheville or surrounding western parts of North Carolina, please contact us for a free evaluation of your SSDI claim.

SSDI and SSI – What’s the Difference?

SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are not the same. SSDI is the program funded through payroll taxes. Disabled individuals who have contributed to the program through payroll taxes are eligible to collect SSDI benefits if they have worked and contributed for a certain period of time. SSDI claimants must be under the age of 65 and meet the program’s definition of “disabled.” An applicant’s non-work income and possessions are not a factor in eligibility. With the SSDI program there is a five-month waiting period before you can receive payments for a disability.

Qualification for SSI does not rely on a claimant having worked a certain number of years. Rather, the SSI program is a needs-based program, with qualification determined by a person’s income and assets (money and property). It is not funded by Social Security payroll contributions. SSI is funded by general fund taxes. SSI applicants must also meet the program’s definition of “disabled.”

In some situations, it may be possible for a claimant to receive both SSDI and SSI benefits. Working with a qualified attorney can help ensure that you get the maximum benefits you deserve.

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

Applying for SSDI can be accomplished in one of three ways: online through the SSA website, in person at your local SSA office or by calling the toll-free number and applying over the phone. An attorney can assist you with the application process.

When you apply, you should have the following information ready for easy reference:

  • Most recent W-2 form or a copy of your most recent federal tax return
  • A brief description of where you were employed and what type of work you did
  • Your Social Security number and identification proving your age
  • Social Security numbers for any family member who may qualify for benefits and proof of their ages
  • Proof of marriage, dates of marriage and any prior marriages, spouse’s name and proof of age, in case they qualify for benefits
  • Names of all doctors, hospitals and any other healthcare provider that treated you
  • Dates of all visits (if possible) to any healthcare providers
  • The names of any medications you are taking or have taken in connection with your disability
  • The dosage of all medications you have taken or are presently taking
  • Medical records that you have in your possession from any healthcare provider you were treated by
  • Any lab results you may have in your possession in relation to your disability

Take these items to your local SSA office or have them close by if applying online or by telephone. If you do not have any of these documents, you may still file your application. The items that you are missing can be acquired at a later time, and your application will be started. This is important because your five-month waiting period starts with your filing – the sooner you file, the sooner you can receive your first payment.

We advise that you get help from our firm for the entire process. It is exceptionally complex, and can very difficult to complete, delaying the arrival of much-needed benefits or resulting in a denial. We handle all of these details for you so your case can move ahead without problems.

Appealing an Initial Denial of SSDI Benefits

If your initial application for benefits is denied, you are not alone and should not feel discouraged. The majority of those who file for SSDI benefits receive an initial denial. It seems as if though the SSA is continually overwhelmed and understaffed, and often makes errors in initial determinations. Do not give up.

At The Elmore Law Firm, we help our clients through the reconsideration, rehearing and appeals process so they can get the proper determination and the benefits they deserve. These may include lump-sum payments dating back to the initial filing date, and in some cases, back to the date of injury.

Decisions can be appealed online or by contacting the SSA office to request a review of the decision. Contacting a lawyer to assist you can greatly increase your chances of getting the benefits you need. Let us deal with the bureaucratic process while you focus on your life and coping with your disability.

How Our Disability Lawyers Help SSDI Claimants

The Elmore Law Firm, P.A., understands the needs of disabled individuals in Asheville and western North Carolina. We help SSDI claimants by answering questions, listening to our clients’ concerns, assisting with initial filings, appealing decisions of the SSA and following up with our clients’ cases once filed.

Our experience and knowledge in personal injury and disability law gives us the power to help our clients pursue the benefits they deserve. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim.

We handle SSDI cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we only get paid if we recover benefits for you.

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