What is Social Security Disability Insurance?

Our Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly is dedicated helping people secure the federal disability benefits they need and deserve.

Our Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly is dedicated helping people secure the federal disability benefits they need and deserve.

Social Security Disability Insurance refers to federal insurance coverage that you have: 

  • In the event you are disabled and unable to earn a living for at least one year (While people with disabilities that may impact their ability to work for less than one year can receive benefits, these benefits are not provided via Social Security Disability Insurance, which only provides benefits for individuals with long-term disabilities.)
  • As long as you have worked for a long enough period of time
  • As long as, for the period that you were employed, you paid Social Security taxes.

What You Need to Know About Social Security Disability Benefits

If you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, here’s some important info you need to know:

  • In order to prove that you qualify for federal disability benefits, you will need to provide specific medical documentation to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Such documentation, which typically includes various types of medical reports and files, will need to establish (among other things) the nature and severity of your claimed disability.
  • Federal disability benefits are generally paid out until you are able to return to work on a regular basis.
  • The SSA has some special rules, which are referred to as work incentives, that can provide you with continued benefits and health care coverage to facilitate your transition back to working.
  • If you are receiving disability benefits and reach the age of retirement, your disability benefits will automatically become retirement benefits, with the amount of the benefits not changing.

Filing your Federal Disability Benefits Claim

If you are no longer able to earn a living because of a physical condition and/or a mental health impairment, don’t try to file your disability benefits claim with the Social Security Administration on your own. Making even one mistake in the notoriously complicated process can cause your legitimate claim to be delayed or even denied. In fact, about 65 percent of all new claims are denied by the SSA each year.

Instead, optimize your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome to your case by working with an experienced attorney who can help guide you through the Social Security process to help you secure the federal disability 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 esteemed Portland Social Security Disability and SSI lawyer who has been dedicated to helping his clients obtain the maximum possible disability benefits for more than three decades.

His extensive knowledge of Social Security law and his unflinching dedication to his clients allow him to consistently build his clients the strongest possible cases so that they have optimal chances of securing benefits the first time they present their case. Additionally, when his clients’ cases have been unfairly denied, he is proficient at helping them mount appeals to reverse these decisions.

To discuss your case 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.