SSI & DIB Common Questions-Published

Addressing Your Concerns About Your Eligibility and the Social Security Process

The process of getting approved for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSD/DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can be extremely complex and confusing. At the Law Office of Attorney Richard A. Sly, we frequently help clients find answers to key questions such as the following:

  • Here are the answers to some of the most common SSD and DIB questions we get at the Law Office of Attorney Richard A. Sly.

    Here are the answers to some of the most common SSD and DIB questions we get at the Law Office of Attorney Richard A. Sly.

    Do I qualify for disability benefits? The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a multistep process for determining whether your medical condition qualifies you for benefits. We are highly familiar with the criteria and can help you assess your eligibility.

  • How long will my case take? There are currently major backlogs in the processing of Social Security claims. The sooner you contact a lawyer who is experienced with the process, the sooner he or she can take steps to move your claim along promptly.
  • Should I try to work? You should not try to work if doing so will compromise your health and safety. If you think you may be able to work at least part-time, it may be beneficial to try to do so. We can provide you individualized advice on your situation.
  • What if I can’t afford a doctor? In order to get disability benefits, you will need a diagnosis from a doctor. If you cannot afford a doctor, we may be able to connect you with state medical assistance programs or vocational rehabilitation resources.
  • How much money will I get? The amount of benefits you are entitled to depends on factors like which program you are eligible under, the length of your work history, and the state of your residence. We can help you calculate a likely monthly benefit amount.
  • What if my initial application is denied? The SSA denies almost 65 percent of disability applications. Many applicants are ultimately able to prove their eligibility for benefits on appeal. If your claim has been denied, you should consult an attorney about your options.

Call 503-224-0436 for a Free Consultation With a Portland SSD and SSI Lawyer

From our offices in Portland, we serve clients in Oregon and Washington. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, so that you pay nothing out of pocket for our services. To discuss your questions, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or e-mail us today.