Interested in Applying for Social Security Disability? Read These Articles First

These articles, written by the attorneys at the North Carolina firm of Patton Brown Law, discuss the finer points of filing for Social Security disability benefits.



Patton Brown Law of Elkin, Statesville, and King, NC expand services to the areas in and around Mooresville and Hickory NC.

With the merger of the disability law firms of Lewis & Patterson of Statesville NC with Patton Brown Law of Elkin NC on July 1, 2013, we are now able to expand our services to the areas in and around Mooresville and Hickory NC.  Social Security disability law is very difficult to understand.  The Social […] Read More…

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My spouse died before collecting his Social Security disability back pay. Can his estate or I collect it?

When a loved one dies, understanding what you, as a surviving spouse, need to do next can be very confusing. It can also be confusing to know what types of compensation and benefits you are entitled to, such as Social Security disability back pay. If your spouse died before collecting his disability back pay, you […] Read More…

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How can I pay my bills while waiting for Social Security to make their disability decision?

On average it can take three to four months for Social Security to make your initial disability decision. If your claim is denied, it could an additional three to 18 months or longer to successfully appeal your decision. While waiting for Social Security disability claim decisions, most people have little to no savings to take […] Read More…

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Filing for Disability Benefits

I know you have heard how hard it is to get disability benefits!  And that issue is true: two out of every three people filing initial claims get turned down, and 80-90 percent get turned down during the first appeal.  So you say to yourself, “why should I try to get disability since they are […] Read More…

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Retirement Planning Should Include Possibility of Disability Onset

What if a disabling condition creeps into your retirement planning?  What do you do if you are not yet early retirement age and become disabled?  What do you do if you have already retired but are not retirement age and you have become disabled?  What about becoming disabled after you start drawing early retirement benefits?  […] Read More…

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Waiting to Apply for Disability Benefits May be Harmful

There are many reasons why people decide not to apply for Social Security and SSI Disability benefits, or for delaying their filing of a claim. Here are some examples I have heard: “I am afraid I will not be approved”. “I heard how difficult it is to get benefits”. “I would rather work if I […] Read More…

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When can I hire a lawyer for Social Security disability claim?

If you are filing for Social Security disability, you have the right to hire a lawyer at any time during the process. This is true regardless of whether you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). While you may think that the assistance of an attorney is not necessary, […] Read More…

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What information will I need when I file for Social Security Disability or Social Security Income (SSI) benefits?

If you need to file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Social Security Income (SSI) benefits, you will need to have many different documents. Copies will not be accepted for many forms so it is important that you read the details. Given that the average processing time for disability claims is between three and […] Read More…

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5 Common Medical Problems that Qualify for Social Security in 2013

In 2013 (the latest year for which the Social Security Administration (SSA) has published a complete statistical analysis) 965,190 disabled people were awarded Social Security disability benefits, nearly 90 percent of which were disabled workers. 5 Most Common Impairments that Merit Disability Benefits The SSA maintains a list of impairments for 14 major body systems […] Read More…

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Current Information and Size of Social Security Program

Social Security is the nation’s basic income protection program designed to protect against loss of income when you retire, become disabled, or die.  According to the latest figures from Social Security, Social Security is paying monthly benefits in the US to: 56.8 million people : 39.6 million retirement benefits 6.3 million survivor benefits 10.9 million […] Read More…

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