How Do the SSI and SSDI Systems Work?

Our Portland Social Security Disability and SSI lawyer Richard A. Sly is experienced at navigating the SSA system to help his clients obtain benefits.

Our Portland Social Security Disability and SSI lawyer Richard A. Sly is experienced at navigating the SSA system to help his clients obtain benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees various federal benefits, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and benefits paid out of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Such benefits are available to those who are disabled, retired or otherwise qualified because most American workers have paid into the system via their Social Security taxes (or other taxes, like their personal income taxes, business taxes, etc.).

While the qualifications for obtaining these benefits are distinct, the general process associated with obtaining benefits is similar and typically involves the following:

  • Completing the necessary applications and forms – The first step in getting a disability benefits or SSI benefits claim started is completing a number of specific forms and filing them with the SSA. While some of the required forms for an SSI benefits claim may include an SSA-8001-F5 form and/or an SSA-827 form, forms associated with disability benefits claims may include a Disability Application form, an Adult Disability Report and an SSA-8001-F5 form.
  • Submitting these forms and other necessary documents to the SSA – Once these forms have been completed, the next step in the process will be to submit them to the Social Security Administration – either through their website or in person at your local SSA office (however, you will need to make an appointment ahead of time).At this time (or later if you want to wait for the SSA to make an official request), you will also have to submit other documentation to verify the nature of your medical condition or disability, the severity of this condition, its impacts on your life and the length of time you have been living with it. Documentation to this end typically involves a number of different medical reports.
  • Waiting for the claim to be processed – After providing all of the necessary forms and supporting documents to the SSA, you will have to wait for the Administration to review, process and either approve or deny your claim. This can take up to 5 months for disability claims (or even longer if there has been an influx in applications).
  • Appealing the SSA if the claim is denied – If your claim is denied, you do not have to accept this denial as the final disposition of your case. Because appeals to the SSA can be even more complicated than the initial application process, it’s important that you work with an experienced attorney to give yourself the best chances of obtaining the benefits you need and deserve.

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

Richard A. Sly is an experienced Portland Social Security Disability and SSI lawyer who has been committed for more than 30 years to helping his clients:

  • Navigate the complexities of the Social Security system
  • Build the strongest possible claims
  • Have the best chances of obtaining benefits the first time they present their claims
  • Mount strong appeals cases in the event their claim has been denied
  • Secure the benefits to which they are entitled.

To discuss your case, learn more about your rights and get your claim started at no upfront 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.