Social Security Disability Attorney Brookings & Gold Beach
Most people living in the United States are dependent on regular employment in order to afford their living expenses and would find themselves in a very difficult financial situation if they were to suddenly lose said employment. Unfortunately, the circumstances that could lead to such a situation are not always within our control. Depending on the specifics, if something like this happens to you, you might be entitled to certain benefits. Actually, receiving those benefits is not so simple. One such benefit that may be available to the residents of Brookings and Gold Beach is Social Security Disability. Many of the people who find themselves needing to apply for Social Security Disability did not expect to find themselves in this position and are unsure of how best to move forward with the process.
When To Call a Brookings Social Security Attorney
If you find yourself in a situation like this, it’s critical to ensure you have access to guidance from experts on the subject. At the law firm of Shlesinger & deVillenueve, we specialize in ensuring that our clients are able to successfully file their Social Security Disability claims and receive the financial support they need. We have over four decades of experience dealing with each aspect of the process, and while we understand how it can appear extremely confusing and maze-like from an outside perspective, we are well versed in the various requirements involved. In fact, we take on close to a thousand new cases involving Social Security Disability claims in Oregon every year.
The success of Social Security Disability cases hinges largely on the ability to conclusively prove that you are incapable of working. This fact might seem obvious to you, but just because something seems readily apparent doesn’t mean it will be viewed as such by the people in charge of processing your paperwork. Those seeking to apply for benefits often run into several challenges.
For starters, there’s a large volume of cases that get submitted every day, which significantly increases the amount of time required to even begin reviewing your case. Because of this, the average waiting time to get a hearing for your claim is 16 months. Next, there are a large number of technical details which, if not executed properly, could have your claim rejected with little consideration. To avoid being rejected for a simple technicality, it’s necessary to compile massive amounts of documentation in advance. Even with all of this taken into account, it can still be incredibly difficult to convince officials that your claim should be approved.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How do I file for disability benefits?
“Please contact us to discuss filing an application for your Social Security disability benefits.”
- I just received a denial notice. What should I do?
It can be disheartening to receive a denial notice from Social Security. This happens to most people when they apply. It is important to file an appeal within the 60-day time limit, and to seek legal advice from a qualified and experienced attorney.
- Do I need a lawyer to represent me for disability?
Claimants are not required by Social Security to have an attorney. Individuals can go through the process alone, but it is not advisable. An experienced attorney fighting for you can make all the difference.
- I requested a hearing months ago. Why is it taking so long?
There is a backlog of claims at the hearing level all across the country. Average waiting times are around 16 months. Even though it may seem like nothing is happening, this waiting period is an important opportunity for you to improve your chances at hearing. There are things you could be doing right now that might help your case.
- How much do attorneys charge to represent me for my Social Security disability claim?
Attorney fees are only paid after being approved by the Social Security Administration and only if you are approved for benefits. Fees are paid out of your retroactive benefits. Currently, federal law allows attorney fees of up to 25% of your retroactive benefits and a maximum of $6000, whichever is less.
Social Security Website: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp
National Institute of Health: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
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If you are even in a situation where you need to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, it’s important to reach out to a skilled attorney as soon as possible. Getting in touch with an experienced legal team at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve early on ensures that we can start doing the work of compiling the necessary evidence and paperwork necessary to support your claim, such as medical records documenting your condition. With our resources, we are able to take on the heavy workload and give it the attention it requires. In some cases, even the most thorough preparations can still result in a denial of claims, but the process doesn’t end there. In the event that your initial claim is rejected, we can assist you with making any necessary changes and re-filing within the time limit.
With all this in mind, the advantages of working with an attorney are clear. While you are not required to do so, the in-depth knowledge and familiarity with the system of our lawyers makes them invaluable resources to ensuring that you are able to navigate the process as swiftly as possible while giving the best chances of success. Still, it’s understandable to be somewhat hesitant to seek out such assistance if you’re on a limited budget. That’s why fees are only charged in the event that you are awarded benefits. This effectively removes any financial risks from the equation.