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North Carolina Social Security disability attorney guides you through the appeals process

If your claim for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, you are probably feeling confused and searching for answers. You are not alone. Most of my western North Carolina disability and Georgia disability clients have felt the same way. The Social Security Administration is a large bureaucracy, governed by complicated rules that sometimes seem to defy logic. Dealing with this bureaucracy often is frustrating, at best.

That is why I created this website. As a North Carolina disability attorney, I have been helping disabled individuals navigate the Social Security disability appeals process for more than 30 years. I know how the system works and how to avoid the common traps and pitfalls. In the 100+ pages of this website, I share that knowledge and experience with you, with the hope of answering your most urgent questions and easing your mind.

If your Social Security disability claim was denied, you should appeal

Most initial applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied. However, persistent applicants, who pursue their claim through to a hearing before an administrative law judge, are awarded benefits more often than not.

Your appeal likely will be a two-step process. The first level of appeal is a Request for Reconsideration. The second level of appeal is a Request for Hearing. Both of these appeals require you to complete and submit paperwork to the Social Security Administration. The article, Advice for Appealing, provides an overview of this process, and is a good place to start. My free e-booklet, Helpful Suggestions for Appealing a Denial of Benefits, provides additional practical advice and suggestions. If you would like to learn more, I suggest you read the series of articles under Your Disability Hearing, in the library below.

How I help western North Carolina and north Georgia Social Security disability claimants

I represent western North Carolina Social Security disability applicants and north Georgia and southwestern North CarolinaSocial Security disability applicants whose claims for benefits have been denied. Although each case is different and each client is unique, in most cases I can help with the following:

Paperwork: I will assist you in completing and filing the forms and gathering the documentation needed to support your appeal. I also will communicate with your treating doctors to ensure they provide the appropriate reports to the Social Security Administration. You can rest assured that when the Social Security Administration decision-maker reviews your appeal, your file will be complete.

Your testimony: I will explain what happens at a Social Security disability hearing and help you prepare to testify. When your hearing day arrives, you will know exactly what to expect, so you can relax and give your best testimony.

Witness testimony: I will work with you to select witnesses to testify on your behalf. In addition to your doctors and therapists, we may call a friend, family member, neighbor, clergyman, or other person close to you to testify about how your disability impacts your daily life and prevents you from working.

Representing your interests at the hearing: I will attend the hearing with you and be there to protect your interests by, if necessary, objecting to improper evidence or procedures, cross-examining adverse witnesses, and presenting a closing statement.

How to contact me

The Social Security disability appeals process often is long and arduous; it can be discouraging to go it alone. Having an experienced North Carolina disability attorney to guide the way will make this process easier to bear and, ultimately, increase your chances of success.

If you live in western North Carolina or north Georgia, and you would like my input, I would be happy to review your claim. Please complete the Free Claim Evaluation form or, if you prefer, send me an email. I am also available by phone at my Franklin, North Carolina office, at 828-524-5070.

I wish you success.

Russell R. Bowling
Franklin North Carolina disability attorney
Serving all of western North Carolina and north Georgia

Toll free: 888-426-5306
Fax: 828-524-5380

Law Office Russell R. Bowling
77 West Main Street
Franklin, North Carolina 28734