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How long do you have to work to qualify for Social Security?

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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) protects workers who suffer life-altering injuries or who develop disabling medical conditions. SSDI benefits are an important social safety net that helps limit the financial impact of being unable to work for medical reasons. However, not just anyone can claim SSDI benefits. Only those who…

How long will it take to receive your SSDI benefits?

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Individuals who have spent their entire adult lives working and supporting families can get hurt in an instant and find themselves struggling for independence. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a crucial social safety net that helps protect working adults who have found themselves unable to work before they reach…

When is an illness severe enough to qualify you for SSDI benefits?

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Chronic medical conditions, degenerative diseases and even acquired illnesses can all have a drastic impact on your quality of life. You may not be able to keep doing the job you once did. In fact, you may need regular medical support just to comply with your treatment plan for your…

What are the stages for appealing a denied SSDI claim?

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By the time you realize that you need financial help, you may already be in over your head. Quite a few people who could qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits try to find other solutions before they finally apply for benefits. They might try different medical therapies or…

What if my Social Security disability benefits are denied?

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You may have been unable to work for a while because of debilitating back pain and won’t be able to return anytime soon. Now, your long-term disability insurance is running out. You decide applying for Social Security disability benefits is the next step, so you hopefully can continue to pay…

What do I do about Social Security retirement benefits if I am getting SSD payments?

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It can be easy to confuse the Social Security and Social Security Disability programs. They have similar names and are both administered by the Social Security Administration. But as our wise Charlotte readers know, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are for workers who have become severely disabled due to an…

Getting Social Security Disability benefits for narcolepsy is challenging, but possible

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Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder. Its best-known symptom is excessive sleepiness in the daytime. People in the Charlotte area with narcolepsy can fall asleep at virtually any time. Other symptoms include hallucinations, changes in REM sleep, sleep paralysis and, in some cases, sudden loss of muscle tone (known as…

How do you know if you qualify for SSD?

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Many people in North Carolina have questions about qualifying for Social Security disability. Are you allowed to work? Do you have to be out of work for an entire year? The law can be a little difficult to navigate, but here’s what you need to know about qualifying for Social…

Discrimination and social security disability benefits

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People in North Carolina know how easy it is to complete just about any form or transaction online these days. That’s why it’s so surprising that the Social Security Administration still requires a wet signature on documents before disbursing benefits. What’s worse, this requirement adversely affects the disabled applicants. Unfair…

Illegal barriers to Social Security Disability payments

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The Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990. Though that may sound like a long time ago, it’s still well within living memory. The ADA was designed to make it possible for more people to fully participate in life. Before its passage, businesses and public entities in states like North…