Social Security Disability

Lawyers Leah Broker and Anna Hamrick Help People in Asheville and Western North Carolina with Social Security Disability Claims

You may be eligible to receive Social Security benefits through two programs: the Social Security disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

The process of applying for Social Security benefits can be confusing, and you may feel overwhelmed. Leah Broker and Anna Hamrick are experienced lawyers who can help. We offer a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys. Call (828) 253-0336 or toll free (888) 253-0336.

In order to receive Social Security benefits, you must prove you are disabled. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines “disability” as being unable to work for at least 12 months due to one or more physical and/or mental problems. In making that determination, the SSA evaluates many factors, including your:

  • age
  • education level
  • past work experience
  • health problems

You should apply for all Social Security benefits as soon as you believe you are disabled. You do not have to be out of work for 12 months to apply. You can apply by either calling the SSA toll free at (800) 772-1213, going to your local district office, or online at The amount of your potential benefit depends on which program you are eligible for, as well as other criteria.

You also may apply for Adult Disabled Medicaid at your county’s Department of Social Services. It is important to apply as soon as you think you are disabled to avoid the risk of losing any back benefits. Benefits for SSI can begin as early as the month after you first apply. Benefits for Disability Insurance are limited to one year prior to date of application.

Many people are denied on their initial application and on their first appeal. It is important to consult an attorney as soon as you receive your first denial as your appeal time is limited. You should appeal every denial and continue doing so in a timely manner until you reach the hearing level. An attorney who practices in Social Security law can handle all of your appeals for you.

If you think you may have a claim and would like to schedule a free consultation with Broker & Hamrick, please call us at (828) 253-0336 or toll free (888) 253-0336. If we obtain benefits, our fee is 25% up to maximums set by law.

If we take your S.S. case and your Adult Disabled Medicaid is denied for not meeting the definition of disability, we will represent you at your initial Medicaid hearing for free. We do so to help our clients get the medical treatment they need while pursuing Social Security benefits.

Read some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability