First-Time Social Security Applicants in Portland, ORegon

The Social Security process can be long and difficult for anyone. With the right assistance, you will navigate the filing process without stress and difficulty. Richard A. Sly, Attorney at Law works with first-time Social Security applicants throughout every phase of the claim. When you are applying for disability, having Mr. Sly on your side will ensure that you cover every detail the right way. Schedule a consultation with him to discuss your case.

What Should You Expect When Applying for Disability?

Before starting your application, it is important to realize that there are two types of Social Security benefits—Social Security Disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Mr. Sly works with you to discuss Social Security Disability requirements so you can decide which benefits you may qualify for. If you are denied disability, he is available to help you through the appeals process.

It is important for applicants to realize that even if they do not meet Social Security Disability requirements, there is an option available for them. During your visit to Richard A. Sly, he will speak with you about your specific situation. You will then be able to determine if your disability qualifies you for benefits. The Social Security Administration typically classifies the following as issues that meet SSI requirements:

  • Musculoskeletal System Ailments
  • Special Senses and Speech Impairments
  • Respiratory System Impairments
  • Cardiovascular System Ailments
  • Digestive System Disorders
  • Genitourinary Impairments
  • Hematological Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Endocrine System Afflictions
  • Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Mental Disorders
  • Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
  • Immune System Disorders

Understanding Social Security Disability Requirements

Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits are paid to eligible candidates who have worked enough hours for credits. These credits are earned when Social Security taxes are deducted from an individual’s paychecks. Benefits are paid to an individual who is unable to work due to a severe medical condition or impairment that is expected to last for a year or could result in death. To qualify for SSDI, applicants must have been employed for 5 out of the last 10 years. In most cases, you must make more than $1,130 per month to qualify.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a benefit for those who are disabled but have limited means or resources. SSI is designed to help anyone with little or no income with basic necessities like food, clothing, and shelter. This program is funded by general tax revenue, not Social Security taxes.

Contact Richard A. Sly to learn about the process for first-time Social Security applicants. Mr. Sly is available to assist those applying for disability throughout Portland, Oregon.