Initially, the Social Security application process was designed to allow anyone to apply for benefits independently. However, the path to approval is now more complicated than ever. Every state has its own disability determination agency, including Oregon, and what was once a straightforward public lifeline has become one with many hoops to jump through.
Although you can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on your own, there are all sorts of opportunities for the SSA to deny your application both initially and through the lengthy appeals process.
The Benefits of a Social Security Disability Attorney for Oregon Residents
Simply put, having a qualified Oregon Social Security disability attorney can significantly increase your chances of success when applying for SSDI or SSI.
The SSA has a lengthy list of medical conditions that automatically qualify for disability, but few know that there are many other medical conditions not explicitly listed that still qualify for benefits. Evaluating whether a condition qualifies, and pulling together evidence for approval, is part of the attorney’s job. An experienced Social Security disability attorney can help you make the best case for an unlisted condition.
When it comes to supporting your claim, the SSA requires extensive documentation from you and your doctor. Your attorney is beneficial for this stage of the application process, as they can help you get everything you need and ensure that all your records are correct. Your attorney will have experience in knowing what works for proof and what doesn’t. Problems with records and forms are some of the most common causes for rejected Social Security benefits applications.
The Complexities of Oregon SSI and SSDI Appeals
Those initially denied can begin the appeals process by filing a “Request for Reconsideration”. After a second denial, an applicant can file a “Request for Hearing” with an Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) office. These offices were understaffed and overwhelmed even before the pandemic began, so it’s safe to say that wait times for a decision are even longer.
Any issues with your appeal will only delay it further, and a good SSDI claims attorney will know how to walk you through the evidence collection and submission process. The appeals process can go all the way up to federal court, and that is definitely a situation where you’d need attorney representation
The Social Security application process can be perplexing, and even qualified applicants often get rejected. Working with a qualified Social Security disability attorney like those at Drew L. Johnson, Attorneys at Law in Eugene and Albany is the best way to maximize your chances for a successful application. Call (541) 434-6466 today to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated Oregon Social Security disability attorney.