Do I Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Do You Qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB)
Oregon SSD Attorney • Social Security Benefits Lawyer • Portland Social Security Claim Lawyer
I am attorney Richard Sly of The Law Offices of Richard A. Sly in Portland, Oregon. I offer more than thirty years of experience helping clients receive the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve when they are injured or have suffered a debilitating disorder. Every day I receive calls from people wanting to know whether they will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits or asking why their claim was denied.
Do you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits? There are several benefit types, including DIB (Disability Insurance Benefits) also called SSD (Social Security Disability), or RSDI (Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance), and SSI (Supplemental Security Income). The basic test of disability for all these programs is the same.
Contact Oregon SSD attorney Richard A. Sly to meet with me about whether you may qualify for benefits. The question process below will give you an idea of what we will discuss when we meet.
At each state of the acceptance process, the SSA works through the following questions:
- Are you working and making substantial earnings (SGA)? If so, you do not qualify.
- If you are not working, do you have a “severe impairment” which interferes with your work activity? If not, you do not qualify.
- Is your severe impairment a qualifying disorder or impairment as defined by the SSA? If so, you are “disabled” and may qualify for benefits.
- Does your impairment make you unable to perform your “past relevant work”? If you are able to do your past work you probably will not qualify. If you cannot perform your past work you may qualify.
- Do your impairments keep you from doing any other kind of work? If yes, you are “disabled” according to SSA standards and entitled to receive benefits.
This process can be very complex – one key is persistence. If you have already applied and your claim has been denied, you need to keep going. You need to appeal.
For more information about whether you qualify to receive Social Security benefits, contact Oregon SSD attorney Richard A. Sly.