Grants Pass Social Security Disability Claims

Coming to the realization that you are no longer able to work can be difficult. An injury or another disability has left you unable to continue with your career, and now you are faced with the difficult decision of how to best proceed. If you’ve decided that filing for Social Security Disability benefits is your best option, let the law practice of Shlesinger & deVilleneuve help you through the complex labyrinth of securing your benefits. Our team brings more than four decades of expertise advocating for the rights of Oregon residents. We tackle just about one thousand Social Security Disability cases yearly, therefore, we have a comprehensive understanding of how the Social Security system works – inside and out!

Regardless of the fact that you might have a condition that is medically apparent and you submitted your claim for Social Security Disability benefits immediately, the process of having your benefits in hand can take a few years. The saying, “everyone is denied the first time” is mostly true. There is a constant pile-up of cases that are slowly trickling through the system, and it is easier to deny each case the first time and only investigate those where the individual takes the time to file a second time. Just the action of filing for benefits takes large volume of information that needs to be compiled, verified, and documented before you are approved. Despite having expert help, the process of applying for benefits – and actually receiving them – can be laborious.

Shlesinger & deVilleneuve can offer you indispensable help from the beginning of your journey; not long after you are deemed disabled. We excel at collecting and documenting the health care evidence that will support your case and will help to get it through the system more efficiently. Our top-notch support staff who aid our lawyers will project manage the countless documents and forms that need to be filed, to be sure your case is thoroughly and completely prepared. This often will make a difference between receiving a letter for approval, or denial. Also, it limits the waiting period quite extensively.

Although we have a tremendous record, denial may still occur.  If that happens, we instantly file for an appeal on your behalf. We will make sure that your claim is given the consideration and time that will provide you the best chance of having your application approved.

Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits are designed to assist you. These benefits are yours, you paid into the system for them, and you deserve them. At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve, our work is done based on a contingency fee structure as determined by law, and we will not accept a fee unless you have received your benefits. When you call our office a member of our staff will connect with you the same day and will schedule a consultation at no cost to you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I file for disability benefits?
“Please contact us to discuss filing an application for your Social Security disability benefits.”

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.

Helpful Links:

Social Security Website: https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp

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