Belmont Disability Lawyer
Do you suffer from a disability that leaves you unable to work? You may qualify for Social Security disability benefits and might be looking for a Belmont disability lawyer to assist with your claim.
The disability lawyers with experience in Belmont at Riddle & Brantley may be able to help.
Since 1985, we’ve been helping North Carolinians with disabilities get the benefits they need and deserve. Our team is led by a Board-Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability, who knows what it takes to get approved for benefits.
For a FREE consultation with a disability lawyer serving Belmont, please call 1-800-525-7111.
You can also complete the fast and easy form below if you prefer.
There is no obligation and you won’t pay any attorney fees unless we win your case and you receive Social Security disability benefits.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your disability claim. You may be entitled to benefits, and you don’t want to gamble with what you need and deserve.
“I would recommend Riddle & Brantley to anyone who needs help with disability.”
–B. Fields, Riddle & Brantley client
“Do I qualify for disability benefits?”
A disability lawyer serving Belmont NC can help advise you on your eligibility for disability benefits. However, in general, the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers five important questions above all when evaluating your claim:
- Are you working? The SSA will not consider you for disability benefits if you currently earn more than $1,260 per month in wages.
- What is the extent of your disability? To be eligible for SSD or SSDI benefits, you must demonstrate to the SSA that your disability “significantly interferes” with your ability to work.
- Is your disability listed in the “Blue Book”? The SSA maintains a list of disabling conditions that may automatically qualify you for SSD or SSDI, provided you meet certain other criteria.
- Can you do work similar to what you’ve done before? You will also need to demonstrate that you cannot perform a type of work that you’ve done in the last 15 years.
- Can you do another type of work? Even if you demonstrate that you won’t be able to perform a type of work similar to what you’ve done in the past 15 years, you will also need to show that you cannot reasonably perform another type of work altogether.
A disability lawyer with experience in Belmont and greater Charlotte can help you determine your eligibility and advise you on the best way to seek benefits or file an appeal.
“I’ve already been denied for disability benefits. What now?”
If you’ve been denied by the SSA for disability benefits, do not be discouraged. In most cases, you still have the opportunity to appeal, and in any case, you have the right to file a new claim altogether.
A Riddle & Brantley disability attorney serving Belmont can help you with your appeal for SSD or SSDI benefits.
There are many “levels” of appeal within the Social Security disability system. These include:
- Reconsideration — At the Reconsideration level, your Initial Application for disability benefits will be re-examined by a different claim examiner.
- Hearing — At the Hearing level of appeals, your appeal will be heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). You can present additional evidence to the ALJ and even cross-examine witnesses.
- Appeals Council — If your appeal is not granted by the ALJ, you have the right to request a review by the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council rarely overturns a denial, but it sometimes will send a claim back to the ALJ for further review.
- Federal Court — If your claim is still not approved after the Appeals Council rules (and the ALJ reexamines your case, if applicable), you have the option to file a lawsuit in federal court. The federal court very rarely grants benefits itself, but will sometimes send a claim back to the ALJ for further consideration.
Navigating the Social Security disability appeals process can be confusing and complicated. A disability lawyer with experience in Belmont and greater Charlotte can help you with your appeal.
We can handle all aspects of your disability appeal, including:
- Requesting Reconsideration by a different claims examiner
- Filing a Request for a Hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
- Collecting medical records, evaluation forms and letters of support from your medical providers
- Presenting evidence before the ALJ at your hearing
- Cross-examining witnesses at your hearing
- Collecting and providing additional records and evidence requested by the ALJ
- Helping you respond to all communications from the SSA
- Filing an appeal before the Appeals Council if your claim is still denied at the Hearing level
- Getting you a qualified and unbiased second opinion from a different doctor
- Filing a lawsuit in federal court if your claim is denied by the Appeals Council or not sent back to the ALJ for further consideration
- And much, much more…
“They handled my case very professionally, with respect from beginning to end.”
–Joseph W., Riddle & Brantley client
If you’ve been denied disability benefits, our disability lawyers serving Belmont NC can help with your appeal. Call 1-800-525-7111 for a FREE, no-obligation case review today.
There are no upfront costs and we only get paid if we win your appeal and you receive the Social Security disability benefits (SSD or SSDI) that you need and deserve.
Please call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your claim.
Board-Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law
Our disability team at Riddle & Brantley is led by Scott Scurfield, an attorney who is also a Board-Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability. This means that Scott has passed a rigorous qualifying exam and is recognized by the NC State Bar for his experience and expertise handling disability appeals.
“There is nothing more satisfying than getting our clients the disability benefits they deserve.”
–Scott Scurfield, disability lawyer handling cases in Belmont and greater Charlotte
For a FREE consultation with a disability lawyer serving Belmont, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below.
There are no upfront costs and no attorney fees unless you receive SSD or SSDI benefits.
Call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your claim.
Justice Counts for North Carolinians with disabilities and we would love to help however we can.