Located in Oxford, North Carolina, Mac Travis has been representing only social security disability claimants since 1979. Janice Travis joined him in 1998 after a career as a school counselor at J.F. Webb High School, Oxford, NC. Janice has a Psy.D. in Psychology.
We are your advocates. We work to understand the medical, vocational, and disability issues involved in every case. We research your case on our state of the art databases. We also refer our clients, when appropriate, to other agencies that you may be unaware of to provide additional support. We are mindful of your unique needs and hope to provide the relief you seek as quickly as possible.
1. If we agree to represent you, then our office will work diligently to win your case as quickly as possible. We can’t do this alone though. We require your assistance in letting us know when you see a doctor, if there is any change in your medical condition, and/or when you receive any notices from social security. Simply call the office and talk with us or leave a message. If you need for us to return your call, also include the phone number where you can be reached. We will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also reach us with email at:
2. Feel free to call or email with any questions you might have at anytime. Being able to successfully win your case depends on us working together as a team.
3. Be sure to let your doctors know that you have applied for social security disability. We require their support for your claim and we also need them to be part of the team.
There are several aspects of the disability process that you need to understand. The most important of which is that the process is usually slow, sometimes taking up to 2 years to complete. There are strategies that we frequently employ to speed up the process, but there are no guarantees. Also, the definition of disability which is “a person must have a mental/physical impairment(s) which prevents the individual from working and has lasted or is expected to last not less than 12 consecutive months, or is expected to result in death” implies that the process may take some time to complete. The 12-month rule however does not mean that you have to be out of work for a year before you can apply.
A brief description of the appeals process is as follows:
1. Application: This usually takes 60-90 days. Most people are denied at this stage; however, quite often Social Security will send you to one or more free consultative examinations.
2. Reconsideration: The second phase of the appeals process. This must be requested within 60 days of the date you received your application denial notice. (NOTE: All appeals in Social Security Disability matters must be made within 60 days of the notice) Although many people are denied at this stage also, our success rate for our clients is far better than the average. The main reason for this is your participation in the process. Telling us when you go to the doctor is extremely important.
3. Hearing: Currently getting on the court docket takes 15 to 18 months from the date of your request; however, this is the best opportunity to win your case. A Judge will meet you face to face. You are a citizen and this is your hearing. You are not on trial! Don’t worry, you will be well prepared to give your sworn testimony to the Social Security Judge. Mac and the Judge will guide you through their questions.