Social Security Application, North Carolina

In North Carolina (and many other states)the application for Social Security disability, as well as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), requires filing the appropriate forms to initiate the process. An application can be filed online for Social Security Disability, however, you cannot apply online for SSI Disability benefits. There are various forms that a candidate will need to file; this depends on whether a claimant qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

For SSDI, the main forms that you’ll need to fill out our Form SSA-16-BK and form SSA-3368-BK. The latter form is entitled a Disability Report. Alternatively, in order to apply for SSI, different forms are needed; these forms include SSA-8000-BK, which is the Application for Supplemental Security Income, and either form SSA-33368 (the Adult Disability Report) or Form SSA-3820-BK (the Disability Report on a Child).

Often, however, the most effective method is to visit your local North Carolina Social Security office. If you contact this office and inform them that you wish to apply, they will assist you in such an endeavor. Furthermore, it won’t matter whether or not you are filing for SSDI or SSI, both of these can be determined by the Social Security Office. Once you informed the local office that you wish to file an application, they will schedule an appointment with you. If you have trouble traveling, they can also have a phone interview and simply require that all the necessary paperwork be mailed to their office.

Application For Social Security Card

It is important to note that there are some key questions that an applicant needs to aware of when filling out these forms. One of the questions asks “enter the date you became unable to work because of your illness, injuries, or conditions.” This is an important date to note and is often called the alleged onset date; this is the date that your claim for disability was initiated. This date allows you to be eligible for back pay or retroactive benefits. If your claim is approved, backpay will be awarded retroactively to the onset date. Because of this, it is important to document and try to remember the date when your medical condition started that hindered your ability to do your job effectively. This can often be a difficult task, especially when there has been an illness that has gradually gotten more severe over time. If you are one of these people, go back and look at the date that you began treatment or began seeing a medical provider; also, request medical records that can further assist you in this task.

Another critical question asked of an applicant is “what are the illnesses, injuries, or conditions that limit your ability to work.” Try to be thorough here. Try to give detailed answers that will show the examiner why you are unable to work. It is important to include why these illnesses impair your functional ability to work. By following some of these tips and trying to be detailed and thorough on your application, these efforts will greatly dictate the success of a disability claim.

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