These Vancouver Social Security Lawyers give you a team approach and personal service

Paula Martin and Marla Heikkala have over 45 years of combined legal experience and are dedicated and passionate about those in our community who have become disabled or injured and are unable to work.

Getting your Social Security disability claim started

Some people seek help right away and hire a Social Security disability lawyer to file their disability claim. However, the Social Security Administration has made the initial application process relatively easy, and you can do it yourself in any of the following ways:

If you want to learn more about the application process, please review the information provided on this website or contact us with your questions:

Deciding whether to hire a lawyer now or later

Because the Social Security disability application process is fairly easy, we think that most people should file their own application. Our opinion is that if you are likely to be found disabled based on your application you should not have to pay an attorney.

We generally take clients after the initial denial, at reconsideration or hearing level. We offer free consultations at any stage. Whether you have questions about the process or are ready to file an appeal, we are here to help.

*This video presents dramatizations and does depict actual events.


How the Judge Determines Disability, What Not to Do at Your Hearing, Are You Likely to Qualify for Benefits?, How to Describe Daily Activities, Can You Work Part-Time?,Mental and Physical Limitations, What to Expect at Your Hearing

Adding our team to help you with your Social Security Disability claim

We will offer you years of experience. Our team has over 45 years of combined experience. We have handled thousands of Social Security Disability cases, including SSI, Children’s Disability, Widows/Widowers benefits, and Survivor benefits in addition to Disability Insurance Benefits.
We are local and available. Unlike national firms, we live and work in our community. We are local and available. We emphasize personal service as each case is unique and each client equally important.
We use a team approach. You don’t just hire one attorney, you hire the whole team. Every case is reviewed and developed by the attorneys as well as our long standing team of legal assistants and very capable office staff. Both Paula and Marla have a hand in each and every case.

If you are not already represented by a disability lawyer and would like our evaluation, give us a brief description of your claim using the form on this page. Or, you may simply email or otherwise contact us at our office.

Marla Heikkala & Associates
Vancouver Washington Social Security disability lawyers


Street address:
6529 N.E. Hwy 99
Vancouver, WA 98665

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 61749
Vancouver, WA 98666