Were you denied disability? It might seem like the end of the road, but if you have been denied disability, you can depend on Richard Sly because he has been working closely with Social Security disability appeals since 1974. With years of experience, Mr. Sly can help navigate you through the difficult appeal process. When it comes to Social Security disability in Oregon, turn to Richard Sly, Attorney at Law right away, whether you are a first-time applicant or appealing a denied claim.

Many first-time applicants are turned down because of the complexity of the law. Often, they are turned down on the first appeal too, but that does not mean you will not get disability benefits. Having a lawyer that understands the Social Security requirements will only benefit your case, so choosing who will represent you is vital. Richard Sly can help you determine your eligibility and disability issues that could be preventing you from receiving benefits. Our firm can be your disability lawyer in Longview, WA or Portland, OR. Give us a call today at (503) 676-6162 to schedule a consultation with Social Security disability lawyers in Oregon.

The Steps before Your Disability Healing

If you are denied disability, do not hesitate to meet with Richard A. Sly. The next step in the process is to appeal through a document called a Request for Reconsideration. This appeal must be filed within 60 days of the date of the application denial. Reconsideration is done by the same state agency that denied the application so the odds are that the application will be denied again. The Reconsideration decision is usually issued within approximately 90 days.

If there is a denial of the claim at the Reconsideration level, you must request a disability hearing before an Administrative Law Judge within 60 days of the Reconsideration denial. At this point, the claim leaves the State agency level and is then handled by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). The hearing is held before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

The ALJ is not bound by the prior decisions. The wait time for a hearing depends on the office and ranges from 6 months to, unfortunately, more than 2 years. Prior to your hearing you can and should submit new or updated medical evidence. A Social Security attorney can help gather and refine the evidence you will need.

Disability Appeal Laws and Regulations

It is important to note that the laws and regulations that govern Social Security disability are extremely complex. It is never enough to simply show that you can’t perform your old job. In most cases, individuals who are represented by attorneys during the process are approved at a much higher rate than folks who go it alone.

Contact Richard A. Sly if you have been denied disability for your claim. Mr. Sly is available to assist with Social Security Disability appeals throughout Portland, Oregon.