SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY LAWYER
CHARLOTTE · NORTH CAROLINA
Nick Callas spent over a half hour explaining things to me that my last attorney failed to tell me. I have some appointments to make but as soon as I’m done Nick will be my first call! He was informative, knowledgeable, and understanding. Plus he was easy to talk to.
Trish Marsello – Client
I needed a second opinion on my disability approval. I’d been approved, but not for retroactive payments. I called the Callas Law Firm and spoke directly with Mr. Callas, which was refreshing. He advised me beyond my expectations in a friendly, kind and respectful manner. I highly recommend counsel like him and his firm. Thank you, Mr. Callas.
Eve Morales – Client
Mr. Callas was a tremendous asset in my workers compensation case. He was always on top of everything involved in my case. He doesn’t let the otherside sit on their hands and beat around the bush. He gets the job done.
Steven Howard – Client
Types of Social Security Disability Cases We Routinely Handle
Social Security Disability Application
Your disability must result in “the inability to do any substantial gainful activity” due to a physical or mental impairment that 1) will result in death or 2) is expected to last for more than 12 months.
The disability also must prevent you from 1) performing the type of work you have done in the past and 2) performing “any other substantial gainful work that exists in the national economy.”
The disability can be a medical condition, a debilitating physical or mental illness, or a long-term injury.
You also must have an established work history of jobs covered by Social Security.
SSDI benefits include:
- Benefits you would have received from the time you became disabled to the time you began receiving SSDI,
- A monthly payment consisting of the amount of money you made before the onset of your disability, and
- Medicare coverage, which will begin two years after you begin receiving SSDI benefits.
SSDI Denied Claims
Whether we are retained before you file your SSDI application or after your application has been denied, your social security disability lawyer will work with your doctor and healthcare team to gather the evidence that you will need to qualify for benefits.
There are several stages of appealing an SSDI denied claim:
Reconsideration: First, the appeal will be considered by the SSA again, and you can submit new evidence.
Disability hearing: If your reconsideration is denied, then the case can go to an administrative law judge.
Appeals Council: If you are unsuccessful at your disability hearing, we then present your case to the Social Security Appeals Council.
Disability lawsuit: If the Appeals Council denies your appeal, the final option is to file a disability lawsuit in the federal district court.
Our team strives to get your case resolved as quickly as possible, because we know the financial strain that a disability can cause when you are not receiving social security benefits.
We will work with you throughout your case, answering your questions and gathering the evidence and witnesses needed to establish your claim for benefits.
Supplemental Security Income
If you have a permanent or long-term disability, are low-income, or don’t have a sufficient work history to receive SSDI, you may still be eligible for SSI.
You must have under $2,000 in assets (or, if you are married, under $3,000) to qualify for this program.
Your supplemental security income attorney can work with you to determine if you are eligible for SSI and help you to gather the evidence you will need to get your SSI benefits approved.
The Most Common Questions We Get Asked Are…
How long does it take to go through the social security disability process?
The application process for social security disability can be lengthy, and it depends on whether you must file appeals or a federal disability lawsuit before your claim is granted. Each stage of the process could take a matter of months, and the entire process could take years if you are forced to go through the appeals process:
- You could get a decision on your initial application within 4-6 months,
- If your initial application is denied, you have up to 60 days to request a Reconsideration,
- Once the Reconsideration is requested, it could take another 2-6 months before you get a decision,
- If the Reconsideration is denied, you can then request a disability hearing before an administrative law judge, which could take 3-6 months before the hearing date and then another 2-4 months before you are notified of the administrative law court’s decision,
- If the administrative law court denies your claim, you can appeal to the Appeals Council, which could take 6 months to two years to give you an answer, and
- If a federal lawsuit is necessary, the process could take another 12-18 months from the filing date to get a final ruling from a federal judge.
How are the amounts of my benefits determined?
Social Security Disability benefits are based on what you have “paid into” social security over the course of your life – the more you have contributed, the higher your disability check will be.
If you have not paid enough social security taxes to qualify for SSDI, you may still be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you qualify for SSI, the 2021 benefit amount is $794.00 per month, but this is subject to change from year to year.
You can determine the exact amount of your benefits by calling the Charlotte, NC SSA office or by creating an account at SSA.gov.
Are social security disability payments taxable?
Social security disability benefits may be taxable. If you receive additional income that exceeds the IRS’s income threshold, a percentage of your benefits can become taxable. The amount of your benefits that will become taxable depends on your filing status (single, married filing separately, or married filing jointly).
What medical conditions qualify for social security disability?
Any medical condition that results in an inability to work and that will last longer than 12 months or that will result in death should qualify for social security disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides a list of impairments that qualify, but you may qualify even if your condition is not on the list if your condition prevents you from working and earning an income.
How can a lawyer help me with a disability case?
Your social security disability lawyer can help you to get approved for disability payments by:
- Helping you to complete your initial application with supporting documentation,
- Answering your questions about the disability approval process,
- Helping you to plan the medical evidence you will need to document your disability and the effect it has on your ability to work, and
- Assisting you with the appeals process, including your Reconsideration, disability hearing, Appeals Council review, and filing a disability lawsuit in the federal district court when necessary.
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