How Do I Apply for Disability Benefits?

If you are applying for disability benefits, working with Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly can be crucial to securing the maximum possible benefits.

If you are applying for disability benefits, working with Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly can be crucial to securing the maximum possible benefits.

If you are living with certain physical conditions or mental health impairments and, as a result, are unable to earn a living, you will likely qualify for federal disability benefits, which you will need to apply for with the Social Security Administration (SSA). While you can apply either online (via the SSA’s website) or in person (by making an appointment with your local SSA office), your application will have to include a number of specific documents, some of which include a completed: 

  • Disability Benefit Application
  • Adult (or Child) Disability Report
  • Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration (also referred to as an SSA Form-827). 

Additionally, you will generally have to supply a number of different medical documents and reports to the SSA to verify the nature and severity of your claimed disability, as well as the length of time that you have been living with this disability.

Information You Need to Know When Applying for Disability Benefits

The following is just some of the information that you need to know when applying for federal disability benefits:

  • You will need to provide the following information about yourself (and possibly provide the appropriate documentation proving the information):
    • Your social security number and age (with documentation proving your age)
    • Your doctors (including their names, addresses and contact information)
    • Your medical records (including lab reports and test results that may be related to your condition)
    • Your work history and federal tax return.
  • You will need to provide the following information about the members of your family (and again provide the appropriate proof via official documentation):
    • The social security numbers for each family member who may be eligible for disability benefits
    • Documentation proving marital status (and any prior marriages if applicable).
  • Claims for disability benefits tend to take longer to review and process than other types of Social Security claims. In fact, it generally takes between 3 to 5 months for the SSA to process these claims (however, it can take longer if there has been an influx of applicants seeking federal disability benefits).
  • Providing all of the necessary medical documentation and other required paperwork to the SSA upfront will give you better chances of expediting your claim while minimizing the possibility of a denial.
  • You will have the best chances of obtaining the maximum possible disability benefits by working with an experienced attorney.

Portland Social Security Disability and SSI Lawyer at the Law Firm of Richard A. Sly

Portland Social Security Disability and SSI lawyer Richard A. Sly has been advocating his clients’ rights and helping them obtain the disability benefits they need and deserve for more than 30 years. While he is skilled at building his clients the strongest possible cases so that they have optimal chances of securing benefits the first time they present their case, he also has a proven track record of success when it comes to handling denials or appeals.

To discuss your case for free and get your claim started at no cost, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or email us using the form on the upper right side of this page. We offer free initial consultations, are conveniently located in downtown Portland near public transportation, and serve clients throughout the states of Washington and Oregon.