Durham Disability Lawyer
Social Security Disability Lawyer in Durham NC
If you are applying for — or have been denied for — disability benefits, our disability lawyers may be able to help.
Our disability lawyers have been fighting for North Carolinians with disabilities since 1985.
“How Can I Qualify for Disability?”
In order to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must meet a set of strict criteria set out by the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA follows a 5-step “sequential analysis” in determining eligibility for SSD benefits.
- Are you working? — In order to qualify for SSD benefits, a person cannot earn more than $1,310 per month in income. If you earn more than that, by the SSA’s definition, you are not disabled.
- How severe is your condition? — Your disabling condition must be severe enough that it “significantly interferes” with your ability to perform work-related activities.
- Do you meet a “Listing”? — The SSA maintains a list of disabilities that are automatically assumed to be so debilitating that they automatically qualify you for Social Security disability, provided you meet certain other criteria. If you don’t meet a specific “Listing,” however, you may still qualify based on other criteria (see below).
- Can you do the same work you’ve been doing? — The SSA will seek to determine first if you can perform work similar to a job you’ve performed in the last 15 years, using what’s called your “Residual Functional Capacity” or RFC.
- Can you do a different type of work? — If you can’t perform a job you’ve done in the last 15 years, the SSA will then determine if you can perform a different type of work using your RFC.
The criteria for disability can be confusing, and a disability lawyer at Riddle & Brantley can help.
We understand what you’re going through.
You don’t have to do this alone.
Applying for disability benefits can be complicated and stressful, and initial applications are often denied. A disability lawyer can help no matter where you are in the process. From filing your initial application to representing you at hearings, appealing a potential denial to filing a lawsuit and everything in between, our experienced disability attorneys can manage all aspects of your case.
Our priority is to make the entire process as easy and stress-free as possible for you.
For a FREE consultation with an experienced disability lawyer, please call (919) 728-1770.
You can also complete the fast and easy online form if you prefer.
Because we work on a contingency basis, there are no upfront costs and no attorney fees unless we successfully get you disability benefits — no win, no fee.
Call (919) 728-1770 or complete the form below to speak with a disability lawyer.
We would love to help you get the benefits you deserve.
“Our firm has fought for North Carolinians with disabilities for decades. We’re proud to fight for justice, no matter what.”
We have convenient offices in Durham and are available for in-person consultations by appointment only. We can even come to you if it’s more convenient, and we’re also available for free consultations by phone, email, text, and video conference.
Our goal is to make the entire process as easy and stress-free as possible for you.
Putting Clients First
For more than three decades, our firm has fought for North Carolinians seeking disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. We believe ALL North Carolinians deserve justice.
We’re proud of the results we’ve obtained for our deserving clients. We strive to provide excellent service as reflected in the words of our clients:
- “It was nice to see Riddle & Brantley put me and my needs first.” -R. Colley
- “They treated my case very professionally, with respect from beginning to end.” -Joseph W.
- “Every time I’ve needed them, they were there for me.” -Tyronnie T.
What to Do If You’ve Been Denied Disability Benefits
Roughly 60 percent of first-time disability applicants are denied. But if your claim has been denied, that doesn’t mean you don’t have options.
You have the right to a hearing and unfavorable decisions can be appealed. As a last resort, a lawsuit can even be filed in federal court.
A disability lawyer can help you navigate the complexities of filing for disability benefits or appealing a denial.
If you’ve been denied Social Security disability benefits, you may want to speak with a disability lawyer.
Our disability lawyers serve the entire city and throughout the Triangle and are ready to advise you on your case.
Please call (919) 728-1770 or complete the form below for a FREE consultation with a SSD lawyer.
We will listen to you, review the details of your case and advise you on your best legal options.
If you’ve suffered a disability, you deserve justice. Our attorneys have been fighting for North Carolinians with disabilities for more than three decades and we’re ready to help however we can.
Please call (919) 728-1770 today and let’s talk.
What Can a Disability Lawyer Do for You?
The law does not require you to hire an attorney to represent you in pursuing disability benefits, but these cases can be complex, time-consuming and stressful.
An experienced Social Security disability attorney can help you navigate the entire process, including:
- Assisting in completing your Initial Application for Social Security Disability benefits
- Filing a Request for Reconsideration if your application is initially denied
- Monitoring, and assisting you in responding to, requests and correspondence from the Social Security Administration while your claim is being evaluated
- Filing a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) if your claim is denied at the Reconsideration level
- Gathering treatment records from medical providers and submitting them to the SSA
- Seeking help from your doctors in supporting your claim by doctor letters and Residual Functional Capacity evaluation forms
- Organizing your records and highlighting important ones to the judge who hears your case
- Cross-examining witnesses at your ALJ hearing
- Arguing the merits of your claim to the ALJ
- Gathering any records requested by your Administrative Law Judge
- Appealing your case if your judge improperly denies you benefits
- And much, much more…
Are You Applying for Disability Benefits or Appealing a Denial?
If you’re in need of an experienced disability lawyer, consider the attorneys at Riddle & Brantley.
Our attorneys have more than 220+ years of combined legal experience and are committed to pursuing justice for North Carolinians with disabilities.
Call (919) 728-1770 for a FREE consultation with a Board-Certified Social Security Disability Specialist.
The consultation is free, there is no obligation, and there are absolutely no upfront costs or attorney fees unless we win your case.
Please call (919) 728-1770 today and let’s see if we can help.
“Every time I’ve needed them, they were there for me.”
You deserve justice and you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits, even if you’ve been denied.
You don’t have to do this alone.