Social Security Disability - a Confusing and Unfair System
Social Security's disability programs provide monthly payments and medical benefits to honest, hardworking men and women who can no longer work because of a medical problem. Unfortunately getting Social Security to pay you the disability benefits you deserve can be a problem. Most people who apply are denied by a Social Security claims adjustor.
You may wonder: "Social Security withheld money from my paycheck ever since I have been working - now that I am disabled, why are they giving me a hard time when I most need their help?"
Many deserving claimants like you are denied because they do not know how the Social Security disability process works. Like most government bureaucracies, SSA has developed its own internal language, with terms like:
- 5 step sequential evaluation process
- "Blue book" listings
- substantial gainful activity
- residual functional capacity
- medical-vocational guidelines
- longitudinal treatment record
If you do not know how and when to use terms like these, or how to help your doctor use these and other terms in medical reports, you are most likely going to lose.
Legal Help is Available to You
While it hardly seems fair that an honest and sincere claimant should need to hire a lawyer to recover the financial and medical disability benefits he deserves, this is the reality of Social Security's confusing and complicated disability evaluation process. There is some good news - if you live in North Carolina, you can hire an experienced, dedicated and determined disability advocate who will accept your case on a "no fee unless we win" basis.
Board Certified Social Security Disability Law Specialist Vaughn Clauson and his Durham based staff have successfully represented more than one thousand satisfied clients. Vaughn handles Social Security disability cases only, and he only practices in North Carolina. If you hire him, you can be sure that every detail of your case will be handled properly and efficiently. Every appeal form will be carefully submitted and every relevant medical record will be added to SSA's electronic case file. If you go to a hearing, Vaughn will present every applicable argument for disability on your behalf and he will respectfully but thoroughly cross examine any vocational or medical expert witness presented by Social Security.
Now, Vaughn cannot accept every case that comes across his desk, but everyone who requests a case evaluation will receive one at no charge whatsoever. If Vaughn does not feel that he can help you, he will explain why and, whenever possible, he will make a referral for a second opinion.
Talk with an Experienced North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyer About Your Claim
If you believe you are no longer able to work, and thus "disabled" for Social Security purposes, please call Vaughn at 919-794-7872 (in Durham) or 866-674-8810 (toll free throughout North Carolina). You can also fill out the contact form on the right and we'll get right back you by phone or email.
In the meantime, if you'd like to learn more about Social Security disability, SSI, Medicare, please explore this website. Here are some of the most widely read pages on our site:
- how Social Security defines the term "disability"
- how to start your disability claim
- Medicare and Social Security disability
- Medicaid and SSI
- possible outcomes of your case
While no lawyer can guarantee the result of your Social Security disability claim, Vaughn and the staff of the Clauson Law firm can promise that your case will be handled carefully and efficiently. Your phone calls and emails will be returned promptly and we will keep you updated about developments in your case. We look forward to helping you.