North Carolina and South Carolina Social Security Disability Attorney
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and provides disability insurance benefits to workers who have become disabled and cannot work for a year or more. The SSDI program is subject to many rules and regulations that determine who may apply and who is eligible for benefits. The process for obtaining SSDI benefits can be long and arduous, especially since many SSDI beneficiaries are denied their benefits at first.
Attorney Brian Steed Tatum has years of experience in helping disabled individuals during the complex process of obtaining SSDI benefits in North Carolina and South Carolina. We can take some of the worry out of the difficult process of obtaining these benefits by representing your interests and helping you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.
Social Security Disability Insurance
The Social Security Administration is responsible for issuing SSDI benefits. Generally, SSDI benefits are available to individuals who have worked and paid taxes into the system for many years before becoming disabled. In order to be eligible to receive SSDI benefits, an individual must be disabled. According to the SSA, a disability in an adult means that the individual in unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a physical or mental impairment that has lasted, or is expected to last, for more than one year.
Determining what qualifies as “substantial gainful activity” can be difficult. Generally, substantial gainful activity is work that brings in income over a certain amount per month. Even though the SSA uses a set amount to determine if an individual is capable of substantial gainful activity, it is not the final determination. Low earnings will not necessarily establish that a person is disabled and qualifies for SSDI benefits. On the other hand, high earnings may not adequately represent substantial gainful activity if the person seeking benefits is disabled and working under unique or special circumstances.
States generally have Disability Determination Services that are funded through the Social Security Administration to make the determination as to whether an individual qualifies for Social Security disability benefits. While each case is different, the rise in SSDI claims has made the process for obtaining Social Security disability benefits long and complex and it is not uncommon for first–time applicants to be denied benefits.
Consult an Experienced Social Security Disability Attorney
If you believe that you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits and have not applied because you have questions, or if you have been denied benefits in the past and still suffer from a disability, a Social Security disability attorney can help you.
The Tatum Law Firm is dedicated to its clients’ cases. Serving North Carolina and South Carolina residents, our legal team has extensive experience handling Social Security disability claims. We understand how difficult this process can be, adding to physical, emotional, and even financial challenges already being faced. Our experienced attorney, Brian Steed Tatum, works diligently to fight for his clients’ rights and will not let you go through this process alone.
For a free case evaluation, please reach out to us online or contact our offices for assistance at (704) 307-4350.