Durham Social Security Disability Attorney Provides Strong Counsel
North Carolina firm helps clients who cannot work obtain needed benefits
If you are injured or ill and unable to work for at least a year, Social Security Disability benefits could provide the income you need to meet your financial obligations. A qualified attorney can outline the two types of relief available to disabled individuals and maximize your chance at a positive result. At my Durham law firm, Mark H. Woltz, Attorney At Law, I have extensive experience representing disabled individuals who are seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). When you work with my firm, I ensure your case is presented in the best light possible and that all relevant information is presented in the application.
Knowledgeable adviser outlines key factors in SSDI determinations
In representing SSDI claimants, I provide exceptional advice and advocacy to a diverse group of injured clients. From the start, I can explain key issues such as:
- Work credits — Eligibility for Social Security Disability is based in part on how much someone has worked over the past 10 years (or a shorter period if the person is younger than 31). Work credits are given for each quarter a person was employed during that time. Usually, someone must have worked for at least five of the previous 10 years to collect SSDI payments.
- Medical condition — To qualify for SSDI, a person must be unable to perform substantial gainful activity due to physical or mental affliction. The Social Security Administration has detailed guidelines on specific conditions and their effects. I understand these rules and use evidence that is tailored to federal standards.
- Payments — Benefits are based on your contributions to the system while working, usually as deductions from your paycheck. The average 2017 monthly disability payment is $1,171.
Even if you’re unsure about whether you qualify, I offer a free initial consultation so you can gain an informed perspective on your case. There is no risk, because I don’t collect attorney’s fees until after you receive a disability award.
Proven firm handles Supplemental Security Income claims for needy clients
Though the Supplemental Security Income program also provides payments to disabled people, the eligibility standards are quite different from those of SSDI. If you are unable to work due to disability, age or blindness and are having trouble meeting your basic needs, my firm can help you apply for these payments. SSI is not an insurance program, so it is not necessary to prove that you have worked for a certain length of time. However, while SSDI is available even if you have other income and assets, SSI is only given to people with limited resources. For 2017, the monthly federal SSI payment is $733. North Carolina also pays a small additional amount to SSI recipients.
Accomplished litigator guides clients through the appeals process
If your claim is denied, my firm will explain the appeals process and can seek a reversal during one of the following stages:
- Request for reconsideration — In some cases, a second look or updated medical information can be the difference between a denial and the benefits you need. This review usually takes a few months.
- Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge — Even if the denial remains unchanged after reconsideration, presenting your case before an Administrative Law Judge is often the best way to win a reversal, but this step usually involves a delay of at least 12 months. My firm will deliver a compelling argument on your behalf through evidence and witnesses.
- Further appeals — Though chances to overturn a decision lessen after the hearing stage, I can help you determine if seeking further review before the Appeals Council or in court is a good idea.
With more than 20 years of practice experience, I can answer all of your questions and protect your rights throughout the proceedings.
Contact a North Carolina Social Security Disability attorney for a free initial consultation
Mark H. Woltz, Attorney At Law assists North Carolina clients with Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income claims. I represent individuals in Durham, Person, Granville and Vance counties. Please call 919-864-2489 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation at my Durham office.