No one plans for a disability, but life tends to be unpredictable. If a medical condition—either physical or mental in nature—is hindering your ability to earn a living, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Unfortunately, receiving benefits requires an often confusing application process and the risk of a denied claim. Hiring an attorney well-versed in SSD claims may improve your chances of a successful application.
Our attorney at Cannon Law Offices, PLLC has spent decades representing clients in their pursuits of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. He understands the ins and outs of the process and is able to answer any questions you may have. For a free consultation in eastern North Carolina, contact our office in Greenville today. We proudly serve clients in the surrounding areas of the Outer Banks, Wilmington, as well as Hyde and Washington counties.
Social Security Disability: The Basics
Distributed by the Social Security Administration (SSA), SSD benefits are intended to help disabled workers and their families manage their lives in the event of an untimely injury or illness. In order to qualify for benefits, you must have a condition that prevents you from earning a certain monthly income as a full-time worker. However, this does not mean you can start receiving benefits immediately following an injury. Your disability must have lasted (or is expected to last) for at least 12 continuous months or will likely result in death.
As an adult seeking SSD benefits, you may qualify if you are experiencing any of the following:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as back fractures and other joint dysfunctions
- Sensory and speech issues, such as vision and hearing loss
- Respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and cystic fibrosis
- Breathing issues, such as COPD
- Cardiovascular conditions, such as chronic heart failure or coronary artery disease
- Digestive tract problems, such as liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy
- Blood disorders, such as sickle cell disease or hemophilia
- Mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or autism
- Immune system disorders, such as HIV/AIDS, lupus, and kidney disease
If you are wondering whether you are eligible for SSD benefits, reach out to us at Cannon Law Offices, PLLC today. Our attorney, Rick Cannon, will listen to your story and help you determine the best path forward.