Social Security Disability Attorney

Serving Seattle & Bellingham, WA and National Clients

Medical conditions can prevent you from working, but Social Security Disability help makes sure that they do not prevent you from having a financially secure life.  If you have a medical condition that prevents you from working for a year or longer, you may be entitled to receive financial help from the Social Security Administration.  Unfortunately, the government rejects the majority of first time applicants.  With the help of an experienced Oregon Social Security Disability Benefits lawyer, you can increase your chances

Qualifying for SSD Benefits

To qualify for social security disability benefits you must:

  • Be unable to work for at least one year
  • Have a qualifying disability
  • Have sufficient work credits (typically means you worked 5 of the last 10 years)

The Social Security Administration has an official list of impairments organized by each major body system.  You can see if your disability qualifies.  If it is not on the list, you may still qualify by having a hearing with the Disability Determination Services (DDS.)

SSD Application Process

The application process for SSDI benefits can be very complex and overwhelming.  It is important to consult with a social security lawyer before you begin the process.  You will need to collect medical documents, work history information, and present the best case for your disability.  The Social Security Administration denies the majority of first time applicants without the help of an SSD Lawyer.

You can apply for benefits three ways:

  1. In Person at your local Social Security office
  2. Online at the Social Security Administration Website
  3. By Phone by calling 1-800-772-1213.

When you are applying, you should have:

  • Social Security Number
  • Name and contact information of your doctor, hospital or case worker
  • All medical records and test results  from each of your doctor, hospital or caseworker visits
  • Summary of all previous work history
  • Your most recent W-2 or other tax forms

Social Security Fund is Strong

A growing concern is that the Social Security Administration is underfunded. However, this is not true.  The Social Security trust fund is financially strong and able to help those who qualify.

If you have a disabling condition and are unable to work for 12 months or longer, please contact our experienced, compassionate SSD Lawyer, Steve Hood.  We offer free initial consultations to discuss your SSD options.  You can call us today at 360-392-3997 or email us.