Portland Social Security Disability & SSI

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Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly has been advocating his clients rights and helping them secure disability benefits for over 30 years.

Richard A. Sly is an experienced, well-respected Portland Social Security Disability lawyer who has been aggressively advocating the rights of his clients for more than 30 years. His extensive knowledge of Social Security law, coupled with his dedication to his clients, allow him to consistently be able to help those with certain medical conditions:

  • Successfully navigate the Social Security system
  • Develop the strongest possible cases to optimize their chances of securing benefits the first time they present their case
  • Mount strong appeals when their claims have been unfairly denied
  • Obtain the maximum possible benefits so they can focus on their health and future.

If you are no longer able to earn a living because of a medical condition, don’t try to deal with the Social Security Administration on your own. This system is notoriously complicated and bureaucratic, and one misstep could result in an outright denial of your legitimate disability claim. In fact, about 65 percent of all new claims are denied.

To give yourself the best chances of obtaining a favorable outcome to your case, let our Portland Social Security Disability and SSI lawyer Richard A. Sly represent you.

Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability benefits refer to compensation that is paid out to individuals who are living with certain long-term physical conditions or mental health disorders. While individuals have to have paid into the Social Security system (via their payroll taxes) in order to qualify for these benefits, they also have to be able to prove (via official medical documentation and other evidence) that the severity of their condition has made them unable to get or keep a job or has created a significant financial burden on their family.

Social Security Disability benefits may be available to children and adults, and regardless of the age of the applicant, the process for obtaining these benefits can take months or, in cases of complicated appeals, even years to resolve.

Qualifying Disorders

There are a number of different physical and mental conditions that the Social Security Administration has deemed to be qualifying disorders for disability benefits. Specifically, while epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and cancer are among the physical conditions that are considered to be qualifying disorders for Social Security Disability benefits, bipolar disorder, autism and schizophrenia are among the qualifying mental health disorders. For more specific information regarding the requirements for disability benefits for a particular condition, check out our conditions pages or contact our legal professionals.

Common Questions about Social Security Benefits

Given the complexities of the Social Security process, our clients often have a number of questions regarding the specific qualifications, how long it may take to resolve their case and what their rights are. In this section of our website, we provide detailed answers to some of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to applying for Social Security Disability benefits, navigating the process and/or appealing denied claims.

If you have a question that is not specifically answered here, we encourage you to contact us for more specific information regarding your case, as well as free professional advice regarding your best options for moving forward.

Dedication and Experience You Can Trust at the Law Office of Richard A. Sly

At the Law Office of Richard A. Sly, our Portland Social Security Disability lawyer and staff are committed to working tirelessly to help you secure the benefits you need and deserve. We will work tirelessly on your case for as long as it takes to ensure you are able to resolve your claim as favorably as possible.

Some of the specific ways that Richard Sly is able to do this time and again for his clients include by:

  • Obtaining timely, accurate information and medical reports from their physicians
  • Collecting necessary evidence from their friends, family members, neighbors and co-workers
  • Working closely with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Presenting their cases and advocating their rights in any necessary setting (including before the Social Security Administration, their Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), their Appeals Council and in the U.S. District and Circuit Courts)
  • Working diligently to build each of his clients the strongest possible cases.

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. Additionally, we work on contingency so that we do not create additional financial burdens on our clients who are seeking disability benefits.