North Carolina Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer
Securing your disability benefits
It is a common misconception that disability benefits are immediately available to you the moment after you become disabled. This is simply not true. C. Roland Kruger, Attorney and Counselor at Law stands ready to explain the Social Security Disability process to you. As a preliminary matter, you must demonstrate the following to be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) benefits:
- You worked for a certain amount of time during the years before you became disabled. SSD candidates who do not meet this history of earnings threshold may only be eligible for Supplemental Insurance Income (SSI) benefits. For candidates who meet this threshold, the dollar amount of your disability compensation depends in part on your history of earnings.
- Your disability meets the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) definition of disability. According to the SSA, you qualify for SSD only if: (1) you cannot do the work you did before you became disabled, (2) you cannot perform another job in your current medical condition, and (3) your doctor expects that your injury will last for at least one year or result in death.
There are delays between the date of your disability’s onset and the date when your disability benefits begin. You are not entitled to SSD payments for six months after the onset of your disability. Medicare payments begin 30 months after the onset of your disability. The program also limits eligibility based on your monthly earning capacity. Roland Kruger can explain the Social Security Disability program to you in greater detail during a one-on-one free initial consultation.
If you are ineligible for SSD benefits, you may be eligible for SSI benefits
If you are disabled and continue to earn more than what the SSD program allows because there is no financial alternative for your family, you may qualify for SSI benefits. The SSA uses a precise formula to calculate eligibility based on current earning capacity and current medical expenses. Mr. Kruger will assess your case and help you explore your legal options, including alternative sources of income and healthcare options.
SSI benefits are available to disabled children or disabled adults who have limited access to resources and income and do not meet the earnings requirement for SSD. To qualify for SSI benefits, you need to show that your impairments keep you from obtaining substantial gainful employment and your impairments can be expected to result in death or to last for at least 12 months.
Contact C. Roland Kruger, Attorney and Counselor at Law for legal
advice and guidance
Attorney Roland Kruger is dedicated to helping people like you get the information you need to navigate the Social Security Disability system. He goes the extra mile for clients — often traveling miles to meet with people at home or in the hospital. Schedule a free initial consultation in our Lexington office today by calling 888.855.6187 or contacting the office online.
C. Roland Kruger, Attorney and Counselor at Law is located in Lexington, North Carolina, and serves clients in Davidson, Gilford, Forsythe, Davie, Rowan and Randolph counties.