Bend Social Security Disability Claims

Filing for Social Security Disability can be a complex and overwhelming process. Unfortunately, the people who need it most are already consumed with the ailment that has left them not able to stay employed and trying to navigate the system is the last struggle they are up for. Thankfully, Shlesinger & deVilleneuve has the legal team and experience to help you get through this complicated process. For over 40 years we have been standing up for the legal rights of Oregon residents, and assisting them in winning their claims! We manage nearly a thousand claims for Social Security Disability benefits each year – we know the way the system works!

Whether or not your situation is medically apparent and you submitted a claim for Social Security Disability immediately, actually getting your benefits can often take an unbelievable amount of time. The expression “claims for disability are always declined at first,” is generally true. That is because the Social Security Administration assumes everybody is capable of having a job, even if it is remedial, and cases move through the channels slowly causing a backlog. Just the process of submitting a benefits application requires a large amount of information that has to be collected, recorded, and confirmed before you will obtain approval. Even if you have an expert helping you, the whole process of submitting an application for benefits and then actually receiving benefits is generally a long endeavor.

Shlesinger & deVilleneuve can supply you with indispensable assistance and help from the onset, soon after the disabling injury or condition occurs. We are experienced in how to collect and report the medical documentation that will substantiate your situation and keep it moving along the proper channels. We have devoted staff who assist our lawyers manage the stack of paperwork that needs to be filed, ensuring your application is filed accurately. Filing an application that has been completed accurately will often improve the chance of being approved in a timely manner, and reduces the amount of time you have to wait. While we have an excellent record of getting our clients approved for benefits, this is never guaranteed or taken for granted and it’s possible your application could be denied. If that happens, we will take every step needed to appeal and make sure that your claim receives the attention and consideration needed to get it approved.

Your Social Security Disability payments are there to support you; these are your benefits, you contributed to the fund, and you are entitled to benefits. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, we work on a contingency fee basis determined by law, and we’ll take no payment unless you get your benefits. There is no reason not to call our firm; we strive to get back into you the same day to schedule your free meeting with an attorney, during which time we will review our fee schedule and the steps of how we can help ensure your claim for benefits is approved – the very first time!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I file for disability benefits?

You can call Social Security for an appointment (1-800-772-1213). To find your closest Social Security branch, simply click here.

I received a notice of denial. What are my options?

While it is disappointing to receive a notice from Social Security denying you benefits, keep in mind that the majority of applicants are denied when they first apply. Seek legal advice from a qualified social security attorney and submit an appeal no later than the 60-day time period.

Do I need an attorney to help me file for disability?

While it’s not mandated by Social Security that claimants enlist the help of an attorney, it is advised. Having a knowledgeable attorney advocating for you and your case can often secure your being approved!

I asked for a hearing a while ago. What is taking so long?

Due to a national backlog of applications, the average wait time is around 16 months. One way to look at it is that you have 16 months to do the things that will help improve the chance of being approved.

How much will I have to pay an attorney to represent me?

Your attorney fees must be approved by the Social Security Administration and only if your application for benefits is approved. You will receive benefits retroactively and your attorney fees are paid from that award. The federal law provides that attorneys are eligible to receive fees up to 25% of the benefits paid retroactively, or a maximum of $6,000.

Helpful Links:

Social Security Website: www.ssa.gov

National Institute of Health: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/