At our Houston disability law firm, we understand that pursuing Social Security disability benefits can seem overwhelming.
When you are disabled through illness or injury everything becomes more difficult. The first thing that becomes a problem is your job because you find that you cannot do it anymore. The obvious thing to do is to apply for Texas Social Security disability benefits, but even that seems overwhelming because you are not feeling as good as you used to and it can be hard to deal with the bureaucracy of the Social Security Administration.
The first question asked by most of our Houston disability clients is “Do I qualify for Texas disability benefits?” If you are unable to work, then you could be entitled to Social Security benefits. We have created this 100-page website to help answer your questions about whether and how to pursue your claim.
The basic requirements are that your illness or injury must have already lasted for 12 months, or be expected to last for 12 months, and that the illness or injury prevents you from being able to work.
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The process that the Social Security Administration uses to decide whether or not you are entitled to benefits is long and complicated, with a lot of detailed rules and regulations.
The process itself begins with a claim that you file with the Social Security Administration. You can file your claim by (1) phoning 1-800-772-1213 for an appointment, or (2) completing your application online at http://www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/. See Tips for applying for further advice. The Social Security Administration will forward your claim to a local Texas agency that has a contract with the Social Security Administration to make the initial determination on disability claims. If the examiner from that office denies the claim then you can ask that the office reconsider the claim. If the office again denies the claim after reconsidering it, then you can appeal to the Social Security Administration for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
In evaluating your claim, the disability examiner or Administrative Law Judge follows five steps, asking:
Working through the Social Security Administration’s five steps and then dealing with its appeal process can be confusing and frustrating.
We can take that burden from you, by helping you at all phases of the process. We can help prepare the papers that you need to file; we can work with your doctor or therapist to see that their reports support your claim; we can teach you what to expect at the hearing stage; and we can help you select witnesses who can provide testimony that will promote your claim.
If you live in Houston or elsewhere in southeast Texas and want help with your Social Security disability claim, whether it is filing the initial claim or appealing a denial, we can help.
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