Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like North Carolina – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.
Why is State-by-State Information Important?
Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and North Carolina social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.
Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.
Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.
While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.
You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in North Carolina below.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in North Carolina – What You Need To Know
There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how North Carolina compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.
|Initial Application (L1)||Reconsideration (L2)||Hearing (L3)|
As the table shows, North Carolina is significantly behind at the Initial Application level and slightly behind at the Reconsideration level. They make it up at the hearing level by being ahead of the national average by 7.3 percentage points.
North Carolina Initial Application Approval Over Time
|Initial Application Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart show, North Carolina has a historically lower approval rate in Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, North Carolina ranked 45th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have improved in North Carolina over the last few years, they still are worse than the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.
North Carolina Reconsideration Approval Over Time
|Reconsideration Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, North Carolina has lagged behind the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, North Carolina ranked 35th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.
North Carolina Hearings Approval Over Time
|Hearing Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, North Carolina has historically been higher than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, North Carolina ranked 3rd in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings. Though these are still not good odds for winning a long case like this.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in North Carolina are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in North Carolina may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.
Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.
North Carolina SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office
North Carolina is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 4,” which is headquartered in Atlanta. There are 4 hearing offices in North Carolina. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to North Carolina and National Averages.
The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.
The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.
The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.
|Hearing Wait Time (Months)||Average Disposition Time (Days)||Average Approval Rate (2019)|
|North Carolina Average||18.0||625||50.0%|
As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, all of the offices have longer than average wait times and most have below average approval rates. The one office that stands out is the Greensboro office which is at 63.7%, which is the reason why the state average is so high.
These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.
Hearing Offices in North Carolina & The SSA Offices They Serve
These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in North Carolina. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.
Hearing Office Region 4 Charlotte SSA, OHO
Suite 200 2201 Coronation Boulevard Charlotte, North Carolina 28227
(888) 397-4124 • (704) 845-0697 • (877) 470-5101
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NORTH CAROLINA: Albemarle, Charlotte, Concord, Hickory, Gastonia, Salisbury, Shelby, Statesville
SOUTH CAROLINA: Rock Hill
Hearing Office Region 4 Fayetteville SSA, OHO
2nd Floor 150 Rowan Street
Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301
(888) 552-7169 • (910) 483-9542 • (877) 435-0336
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NORTH CAROLINA: Fayetteville, Kinston, New Bern, Lumberton, Rockingham, Sanford, Wilmington, Whiteville
Hearing Office Region 4 Greensboro SSA, OHO
Suite 300 101 South Edgeworth Street
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
(866) 690-2091 • (336) 333-5435 • (877) 470-5092
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NORTH CAROLINA: Asheboro, Greensboro, Mt. Airy, Reidsville, Wilkesboro, Winston Salem
Hearing Office Region 4 Raleigh SSA, OHO
Suite 200 4800 Falls of Neuse Road
Raleigh, North Carolina 27609
(866) 708-3174 • (919) 790-2793 • (877) 470-5095
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
NORTH CAROLINA: Ahoskie, Durham, Elizabeth City, Goldsboro, Greenville, Henderson, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, Washington, Wilson
List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Ohio
|Office Name||Location||Address||City||State||Phone Number|
|CHARLOTTE NC||SUITE 100||2201 CORONATION BLVD.||CHARLOTTE||NC||(800) 772-1213|
|SALISBURY NC||1840 JAKE ALEXNDR BL W||SALISBURY||NC||(877) 405-3157|
|RALEIGH NC||4701 OLD WAKE FOREST R||RALEIGH||NC||(877) 803-6311|
|ASHEVILLE NC||800 CENTRE PARK DRIVE||ASHEVILLE||NC||(866) 572-8361|
|WINSTON SALEM NC||1370 LOCKLAND AVE||WINSTON SALEM||NC||(877) 402-0828|
|GREENSBORO NC||6005 LANDMARK CTR BLVD||GREENSBORO||NC||(877) 319-3075|
|ROCKY MOUNT NC||1071 HUNTER HILL RD||ROCKY MOUNT||NC||(866) 964-0784|
|WILMINGTON NC||1528 S 16TH ST||WILMINGTON||NC||(866) 964-6227|
|DURHAM NC||SUITE 200||3511 SHANNON RD||DURHAM||NC||(888) 759-3908|
|GOLDSBORO NC||915 W NEW HOPE ROAD||GOLDSBORO||NC||(866) 964-7372|
|FAYETTEVILLE NC||145 ROWAN ST||FAYETTEVILLE||NC||(866) 964-6485|
|HICKORY NC||1050 US HWY 321 NW||HICKORY||NC||(888) 877-1615|
|GASTONIA NC||609 COTTON BLOSSOM CIR||GASTONIA||NC||(866) 331-2193|
|NEW BERN NC||1420 MCCARTHY BLVD||NEW BERN||NC||(888) 491-1885|
|GREENVILLE NC||2805 CHARLES BLVD||GREENVILLE||NC||(866) 494-4001|
|ELIZABETH CITY NC||1865 W CITY DR||ELIZABETH CITY||NC||(866) 572-2819|
|LUMBERTON NC||4430 KAHN DR||LUMBERTON||NC||(866) 931-7099|
|WILKESBORO NC||1517 RIVER ST||WILKESBORO||NC||(866) 331-2298|
|ROANOKE RAPIDS NC||833 GREGORY DRIVE||ROANOKE RAPIDS||NC||(866) 269-2010|
|STATESVILLE NC||2038 DAVIE AVE||STATESVILLE||NC||(855) 722-3497|
|ROCKINGHAM NC||220 E GREEN ST||ROCKINGHAM||NC||(877) 405-7673|
|KINSTON NC||2559 N QUEEN STREET||KINSTON||NC||(866) 593-5671|
|CONCORD NC||830 FLORENCE ST NW||CONCORD||NC||(888) 366-6149|
|ALBEMARLE NC||BROOKWOOD EXECUTIVE PK||202 CHARTER ST||ALBEMARLE||NC||(866) 319-8268|
|FRANKLIN NC||2123 LAKESIDE DR||FRANKLIN||NC||(866) 562-0738|
|HENDERSONVILLE NC||205 S GROVE STREET||HENDERSONVILLE||NC||(866) 964-5053|
|SMITHFIELD NC||633 VENTURE DR||SMITHFIELD||NC||(888) 527-9331|
|WHITEVILLE NC||204 SOUTH LEE STREET||WHITEVILLE||NC||(877) 779-7257|
|WILSON NC||1911 WESTWOOD AVE W||WILSON||NC||(866) 366-5804|
|SHELBY NC||707 SCHENCK ST||SHELBY||NC||(877) 405-3576|
|SANFORD NC||401 TIFFANY DR||SANFORD||NC||(877) 319-5774|
|HENDERSON NC||858 S BECKFORD DR||HENDERSON||NC||(877) 628-6584|
|REIDSVILLE NC||2402 FREEWAY DR||REIDSVILLE||NC||(866) 748-2091|
|MT AIRY NC||1187 NORTH ANDY||GRIFFITH PARKWAY||MOUNT AIRY||NC||(866) 587-4418|
|WASHINGTON NC||1633 JOHN SMALL AVE||WASHINGTON||NC||(866) 574-2589|
|AHOSKIE NC||1231 1ST ST W||AHOSKIE||NC||(866) 828-3810|
|ASHEBORO NC||SUITE K||157 DUBLIN SQUARE RD||ASHEBORO||NC||(888) 472-6119|
All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.
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Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.
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