Social Security Disability Attorneys Portland
When you look at your pay stub each pay period, you see various deductions that have been made for different tax programs – one of which is the Social Security program. A very simplified way to think about the Social Security program is that it is a savings account – you are paying taxes into it from each one of your paychecks.
If you are ever sick or injured to the point of not being able to work anymore – you can file for payments from that Social Security savings account that you have been paying into. In other words, it is your money. You forfeited that money from each paycheck that you have ever earned. And, now when you need them, you are absolutely entitled to receive them.
Unfortunately, the process of filing for Social Security benefits can be extremely overwhelming – they do not make the process to receiving your payments as easy as the process of paying into the account that’s for sure! If filing for benefits is difficult, then getting your application approved and actually receiving benefits is nearly impossible – especially if you are trying to do all of this without the help of a professional Social Security attorney.
At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve we manage upwards of 1,000 Social Security Disability claims every year – making us highly qualified and uniquely experienced. We know the process and the Social Security system inside and out. We know which “I”s to dot and “T”s to cross so that your application is approved as quickly as possible. If you have already applied or you have looked at the application process, then you know how much supporting documentation and information you are asked to submit along with your application. Even if you are able to keep everything straight and get all of the paperwork, interviews, and medical records together – that is no guarantee that your application will be approved. In fact, the saying “everyone is denied the first time”, is not far from the truth! The process is daunting, it is long and can be drawn out, all the while you are home suffering a decrease in the quality of your life and without income. Let our special team of attorneys and legal professionals manage your Social Security Disability application process, and dramatically increase the chances of being approved as quickly as possible.
We will oversee the entire process of gathering information, filling out forms, and submitting a stellar application that doesn’t fall through the cracks or get caught on any bureaucratic snags. We will fight with you and your family in mind. and we will work hard to make sure you receiving approval of your benefits as soon as possible. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation. And, don’t worry about our fee. You are not responsible, unless we successfully secure an approval of your benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I being the process of filing for benefits?
You can call the Social Security office to make an appointment (1-800-772-1213). You can click here to find the nearest Social Security office.
What do I do if I’ve received a denial notice?
Being denied by Social Security can be disappointing. Almost everyone is denied the first time they apply. One thing to keep in mind is that you only have 60-days within which to file an appeal. This is why it is imperative that you contact an experienced attorney for assistance.
Am I required to have an attorney represent me?
While Social Security does not mandate that you have an attorney, it is highly advised. The process is very complex and having an experienced professional in your corner can improve your chances of approval.
Why is it taking such a long time to have the hearing that I requested?
The Social Security Administration is dealing with an extreme backlog of claims. The average amount of time to wait is 16 months. While it may seem like a long time with minimal progress, it’s important to use this time to take requisite steps that can help your case be approved. There are things that you can do now that will increase your chances.
How much money do I have to pay an attorney?
Fees for attorney service only need to be paid after being approved by Social Security and only if you should be approved for benefits. By law, attorney fees are paid from the retroactive benefit amount that you receive and cannot exceed $6,000 or 25% of your retroactive amount – whichever is less.
Social Security Website: www.ssa.gov
National Institute of Health: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/