GAR Disability Advocates assists people in Texas apply for SSD and SSI

What are SSI and SSDI?

Funded by tax revenue, supplemental security income (SSI) is an income supplement provided by the Federal government. It helps aged, blind, and other disabled people with little to no income. The purpose of SSI is to provide cash to meet basic needs like food, clothing, and shelter for the disabled population.

Social security disability insurance (SSDI) pays benefits to individuals and certain family members if they have sufficient work credits and paid Social Security taxes before suffering a disability. 

The main difference between the two programs is that SSI is an income supplement for those with financial need. SSDI covers workers who suffer a disability and can no longer work.

What You Need To Know About Social Security Disability Claims In Texas.

SSI and SSDI Benefits in Texas: Life is unpredictable, and at times, one may be faced with a chronic illness or condition that may render them unable to work and fend for their families for years. This may leave one depressed without knowing the next step to take. It is here that the social security disability process comes in.

Social security pays benefits to people who are unable to work due to a medical condition that will last at least one year or even result in death. If you are in Texas and want to know all that entails these claims in your state, read on.

The Application Requirements In Texas.

The Social Security administration has two federal programs that they administer, which are the social security disability insurance (SSDI) and supplementary security income disability (SSI). Texas SSDI awards one an amount based on how much they had paid into the social security system, while the latter is a needs-based benefit and the federal government sets the monthly payments to be made.

For Texas SSI, you will need not to surpass a certain amount in countable assets to be eligible to get it since it is need-based and provides for people who have never worked, such as children or those that have lost their insured status. To be eligible to file for SSDI, they must be a US citizen or be a permanent resident of the US and be insured, through their work over the years. However, most people who had been working before have lost their SSDI due to not being in the workforce for a long duration of time. Also, in SSDI, one does not have a limit on how much they can have in assets as in the case with SSI, which is a significant issue.

The Medical Eligibility Requirements In Texas.

For one to be able to get these benefits while living in Texas, they need to ensure that they can prove that their case satisfies the definition of disability as stated by Social Security. It means that one must be suffering from a severe impairment. An example of this is someone having migraines which will be taken as severe as opposed to another having usual headaches.

The disability examiner will determine whether a case is critical or not and if the person has no severe conditions, then their claim will be denied due to non-severe impairment. Also, the disability should last at least one whole year, and anything less than that will lead to a denial based on duration. The disability should also hinder them from any work that will help them earn their minimum income. The inability to work should be there for a whole year for one’s case to hold water. In other words, the condition must be severe enough that it may lead to possible death.

The process of claiming disability benefits can be grueling. However, with the above information, one will be able to file for a claim in Texas easily, with smooth sailing. In case of any questions, one may visit the social security administration offices for them to guide you.

How to Apply for Disability in Texas

Step 1: File the initial application

The initial application for both social security disability insurance (SSDI) and supplemental security income (SSI) can take up to a year to be approved. However, most applications receive a decision within 3 to 6 months. 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies most applications for SSDI and SSI, usually around 70%. In Texas, the SSA approved only about one-third of SSDI and SSI applications during 2018, which is around the national average.

Step 2: Appeal for reconsideration

If the SSA rejects an initial application for disability benefits, the applicant has the option to appeal for reconsideration. During this process, another group of people in the same SSA office review your application again.

When the SSA denies your initial application, you have 60 days to notify them that you want the application to be reconsidered. Usually, a reconsideration appeal takes 3 to 6 months to be processed.

In Texas, the SSA only accepts 12% of reconsiderations, which is the national average. However, if the SSA rejects your reconsideration appeal, you can ask for a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ).

Step 3: Attend the hearing

After receiving a rejection for your reconsideration appeal, you have 60 days to file for a hearing. Generally, it takes a long time to receive a hearing, usually around 12 to 16 months. During this stage, it is common for applicants to use witness testimony or medical experts to prove their case.

The ALJ asks questions about your disability and why it limits your ability to work. At this stage, it is essential to have an SSI or SSDI Texas disability advocate on your side. SSI or SSDI Texas disability advocates can attend the proceeding with you and assist you in the hearing.

Texas Social Security Disability Statistics

According to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), the average wait time for an SSI or SSDI Texas hearing is 10.7 months. The SSA also only approves around 39% of hearing cases. While the average wait time is more than 4 months lower than the national average, the case approval rate is also 3% lower.

The SSA denies cases 4% more than the national average. However, some areas of Texas have a high case approval rate. In the office representing Dallas North, the SSA approves 51% of cases, more than 10% of the state average. The office in Houston North has the lowest wait time, around 8 months, and the lowest application processing time, which is 308 days.

Social Security Administration SSI and SSDI Texas Hearing Offices

Texas is part of Region 6 of the SSA. The Region 6 headquarters is in Dallas, and there are 7 additional hearing offices throughout the state. 

When applying for SSDI in Texas, it is important to know which hearing office you will use and how long you can expect to wait for your hearing. Below are a list of SSDI Texas hearing offices for your convenience.

Dallas Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Plaza of the Americas, North Tower

700 North Pearl Street, Suite 600

Dallas, TX 75201

Telephone: 866-563-3885

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services the following Social Security Field Offices: Austin, Corsicana, Dallas (Fair Park), Dallas (Oak Cliff), Dallas (West), Georgetown, Lufkin, Mid-Cities, Temple, Waco

Dallas Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Building 9

12790 Merit Drive

Dallas, TX 75251

Telephone: 866-331-7135

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services the following Social Security Field Offices: Dallas (North), Denton, Greenville, Longview, McKinney, Palestine, Paris, Pleasant Grove, Sherman, Tyler, Waxahachie

Fort Worth Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Federal Office Building, Room 9A27

819 Taylor Street

Fort Worth, TX 76102

Telephone: 866-613-2744

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services the following Social Security Field Offices: Abilene, Big Spring, Brownwood, Cleburne, Fort Worth, Fort Worth (South), Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, Plainview, San Angelo

Houston Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

9945 Bissonnet Street

Houston, TX 77036

Telephone: 866-779-5456

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services the following Social Security Field Offices: Angleton, Brenham, Corpus Christi, Galveston, Houston (Northwest), Houston (Southwest), McAllen, Pasadena, Victoria

Houston Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

4015 Aldine Bender Road

Houston, TX 77032

Telephone: 877-850-7829

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services the following Social Security Field Offices: Bryan, Beaumont, Conroe, Houston (Downtown), Houston (Northeast), Houston (Southeast), Nacogdoches, Port Arthur

Harlingen Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Suite 200

2009 West Jefferson Avenue

Harlingen, TX 78550

Telephone: 877-452-6985

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services the following Social Security Field Offices: Brownsville, Harlingen

San Antonio Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

10222 San Pedro Avenue

San Antonio, TX 78216

Telephone: 855-829-8915

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services the following Social Security Field Offices: Alice, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, El Paso, El Paso (Downtown), Kerrville, Laredo, Mission, SAN (Central), SAN (Downtown) SAN (Northwest), SAN (South), San Antonio, San Marcos, Seguin, South Austin

Why Should I Hire an SSI or SSDI Texas Disability Advocate?

When applying for SSI or SSDI, it is essential to have a social security disability attorney or disability advocate. Disability advocates help you with every step of the social security disability process. At GAR Disability Advocates, our services include helping people applying for Texas social security disability benefits, managing the reconsideration appeal, and representing applicants at the hearing. 

It is statistically proven that claimants have a higher probability of being approved for disability benefits when a disability advocate represents them. Our SSI and SSDI Texas disability advocates work hard to help you through the intimidating disability benefits application process.

We offer contingency-based fees for service, which means we only get paid if we successfully get you your benefits. If you are not approved for benefits, you pay us nothing. 

Call us today at 201-308-9520 or fill out our online form for a free evaluation.

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