Applying for Social Security can be a long, drawn-out process. A Social Security attorney in Portland, Oregon can help you navigate the filing process with minimum stress placed on you. There are two different types of benefits for Social Security: Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Here at Richard Sly, Attorney at Law, we will help you determine which requirements you meet and which benefits you could potentially qualify for. Even if you do not meet the requirements for SSDI, there is another option. During a personal consultation, Mr. Sly can give you specific counsel based on your particular situation. Listed below are issues that typically meet the SSI requirements.

  • Musculoskeletal System Ailments
  • Special Senses and Speech Impairments
  • Respiratory System Impairments
  • Cardiovascular System Ailments
  • Digestive System Disorders
  • Genitourinary Impairments
  • Hematological Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Endocrine System Afflictions
  • Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Mental Disorders
  • Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
  • Immune System Disorders

Understanding Social Security Disability Requirements

Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits are paid to eligible candidates who have worked enough hours for credits. These credits are earned when Social Security taxes are deducted from an individual’s paychecks. Benefits are paid to an individual who is unable to work due to a severe medical condition or impairment that is expected to last for a year or could result in death. To qualify for SSDI, applicants must have been employed for 5 out of the last 10 years. In most cases, you must make more than $1,130 per month to qualify.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a benefit for those who are disabled but have limited means or resources. SSI is designed to help anyone with little or no income with basic necessities like food, clothing, and shelter. This program is funded by general tax revenue, not Social Security taxes.

If you are denied as a first-time applicant, Mr. Sly can help you through the appeals process too. If you need a disability lawyer in Longview, WA, Mr. Sly can represent you. Let Richard Sly handle the specific details for you by scheduling a consultation today. Contact us at (503) 482-2931 to select a convenient time to discuss SSI in Portland.