Albany Social Security Disability Claims

Finding yourself unable to work and needing to file for Social Security Disability can be disheartening. Not only can it be difficult to accept your limitations, but the process of filing for benefits is extremely overwhelming. If this sounds like the situation that you are facing, let the compassionate team at Shlesinger & deVilleneuve support you through the benefits filing process so that you and your family can focus on adjusting to your new lifestyle. With care and decades of experience we manage hundreds of Social Security Disability claims every year and we know the system and all the tricks.

The fact is, obtaining social security benefits can take years, even if your claim for disability appears obvious and has been validated by a medical professional. If you’ve heard someone say “most every claim for benefits is denied the first time”, you’ve heard correctly. Mostly, this is true because the Social Security department insists that everyone is capable of doing some sort of a job. Also, there is an endless stack of claims that are back-logged and slowly moving through the system. For these reasons and more, it is important to have the help of an experienced attorney when you begin the process of filing for your benefits. You don’t need any delay in the review and approval of your claim.  At Shlesinger & deVilleneuve we understand the system and can make sure that your application is thorough, accurate, and complete.

Our team knows how to efficiently gather the medical documentation that substantiates your case. Our dedicated support staff will project manage your claim by organizing and reviewing the vast number of documents necessary for your claim to be considered complete.  Having this additional set of eyes is integral to improving the chances of submitting a claim that will be approved rather than denied. While our track-record is exceptional, there is the occasion when a claim is denied in which case we will immediately appeal on your behalf.  As a client of Shlesinger & deVilleneuve you will be treated with kindness and respect and your case will receive the focus and efficiency necessary for improving the chances of being approved!

Social Security Disability benefits are designed to support you. You have every right to file and receive them. You have paid for them. Let our firm help exercise your right and get the benefits that you are owed! Our fee is contingent on us securing monetary compensation for you, we do not expect payment until your benefits have been approved. Contact our offices today. Our team is happy to answer any questions that you might have and will schedule a complimentary meeting to assess the specific circumstances you are dealing with. Your emotional and financial well-being is our priority, let us fight for 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/