The phrase, “all Social Security Disability claims are rejected the first time you file,” is essentially – and unfortunately – true. If you find yourself not able to work because of failing health or an injury, applying for your Social Security Disability benefits can be an overwhelming and complicated process. The law firm of Shlesinger & deVillenueve has more than four decades of skill and experience protecting the rights of Oregon residents who are dealing with injury. We manage nearly a thousand cases filing for Social Security Disability benefits per year, and we know the ins and outs of Social Security system!


Simply applying for Social Security Disability requires a complete file of medical and personal information that needs to be investigated and corroborated before you will be approved for benefits. Even if you have the assistance of an expert, the process of applying for and then actually receiving your benefits can be a lengthy and stressful process. Shlesinger & deVilleneuve will provide you with the expert guidance and support that will help your application for benefits to be approved quicker. We know how to gather the medical documentation that substantiates your case and moves it through the Social Security system efficiently. We have the experienced and dedicated support staff to help our attorneys manage the numerous forms and deadlines that must be addressed, ensuring your application is completed thoroughly and accurately. This invaluable attention to detail alone can often make the difference between an application that is approved and one that is denied. In addition, it drastically reduces the wait time. While we have an exception record of approval, if for some reason your application is denied, we will immediately file an appeal on your behalf. Work with Shlesinger & deVilleneuve ensures that your case is given the care and attention that will provide you a better chance of approval the first time around.


Your Social Security Disability Benefits are there to help when you need them; you are fully entitled to them, and you paid for them. At the law firm of Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we abide by the contingency fee determined by law for social security disability cases. We will never accept any payment, until your application for benefits has been approved and you are receiving your benefits. Contact our office today; a member of our team will return your inquiry within 24-hours and will schedule a free legal assessment. During your assessment we can explain how we will work to ensure your application for benefits is approved and our fee schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How do I file for disability benefits?
    Contact Social Security for an appointment. The toll free number is 1-800-772-1213. To find your nearest Social Security office, click here
  • 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.

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Your Social Security Disability Benefits are meant to help you; they are your benefits, you paid for them, and you deserve them. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we work on the contingency fee basis determined by law, and we will accept no fee until you receive your benefits. Call our offices; we will get back to you the same day to schedule your complimentary consultation, where we will explain our fee schedule and how we can work with you to make sure you are approved for your benefits – the first time!

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