Social Security Disability

Attorney Leah Broker Helps 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 or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

The process of applying for Social Security benefits can be confusing, and you may feel overwhelmed. Leah Broker is an experienced attorney who can help you. She offers a free initial consultation and there is no fee due unless she wins you benefits. Call (828) 253-0336 or toll free (888) 253-0336 to speak with her paralegals and schedule an appointment.

In order to receive Social Security disability benefits, you must prove that you are disabled. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines “disability” having a medically determinable impairment that has caused or will cause you to be unable to work for at least 12 months. The impairments can be physical, mental or a combination.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 applying 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 for SSD or SSI benefits 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 Social Security Disability 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 early in the application process. 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 Leah Broker takes your S.S. case and your Adult Disabled Medicaid is denied for not meeting the definition of disability, she will represent you at your initial Medicaid hearing for free. She does so to help her clients get the medical treatment they need while pursuing Social Security benefits.

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