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What does a disability lawyer in Texas do to help you win benefits?
If you have decided to file for Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in Texas, you may wish to consider obtaining the services of a lawyer or non-attorney disability representative to help with your Social Security disability or SSI claim.
Warning: many representatives do not take Social Security disability claims until they have been denied at the initial level, i.e. when you are ready to begin the Social Security disability appeals process.
That being said, this has been changing in recent years and there are now many lawyers who will take initial disability claim filings, if they feel it is in their client's best interest to have a representative maintain all their paperwork through the entire Social Security disability process.
Also, many attorneys and non-attorney disability representatives are of the opinion that if they represent the case from the very beginning, they are in a better position to manage how the medical, and vocational, evidence of the claim is developed. In other words, they would prefer that the case is not unnecessarily weakened as a result of the claimant's unfamiliarity with the disability system.
Common questions about filing for disability in Texas
Therefore, if you contact a representative to help you with your case and they decline, do not take this as a sign of any deficiency in your claim. There are, unfortunately, a number of representatives who choose to do as little as possible on a claim. On the bright side, there are many experienced representatives who pride themselves in their ability to develop case evidence, submit a case theory to a judge that is solidly grounded on Social Security regulations and rulings, and who often attempt to win their claimant's benefits as quickly as possible, sometimes even without the need for a hearing.
What does a lawyer do for you once you have obtained their services? Some lawyers will fill out all of your paperwork for you, while others will send the paperwork for you to fill out and return. Additionally, if your lawyer is helping you with your initial claim, they may fill out your forms online and schedule a disability interview with Social Security for you. This saves you time when you file your disability claim with the Social Security Administration.
Paperwork is just one thing a Social Security lawyer can help you with, however. Generally, once you have entered into an agreement with a lawyer they will file all of your appeals for you as well. Basically, you do not have to worry about filing your appeals because your lawyer should be handling that for you.
All of the services mentioned above are important, however the most important level of the disability process at which to have the services of a lawyer is at the disability hearing. Hearings are not always necessary. But, most claims that are denied at the application level will require a hearing, simply because at the first appeal level (the request for reconsideration), claims are again overwhelmingly denied. Fact: In Texas, 87 percent of reconsideration appeals are denied.
You may be thinking, "I do not have to have a lawyer to have a disability hearing before an administrative law judge" and you would be correct in your thoughts. However, Social Security disability hearings are like other hearings, in that you need to have knowledge of the Social Security disability rules and regulations to present your disability claim in the most favorable light.
In fact, statistics indicate that disability claims with a lawyer in Texas have a higher chance of winning disability benefits than those disability claims without representation.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
What are the qualifications for disability in Texas?
When do you file for Texas disability benefits? - when you become disabled
SSI vs Social Security Disability in Texas
Winning a Social Security Disability or SSI award in Texas
Disability for depression in Texas
Disability approval process - Getting disability in Texas
Resource links for Filing a Texas disability application
Can I apply for temporary and later permanent Disability in Texas?
How much can I get from Social Security Disability in Texas?
Eligibility and qualifying for disability in Texas
Social Security Disability Status in Texas
Disabiity appeals in Texas
What if you get denied disability in Texas?
Can you avoid a Social Security Disability Denial in Texas?
The Social Security Disability and SSI appeals process in Texas
Starting an appeal on a disability claim in Texas
What are the chances of winning a disability appeal in Texas?
How many disability appeals do you get in Texas?
Filing a Texas Disability Appeal
Disability Hearings in Texas
How long does it take to get a disability hearing decision in Texas?
Going to and getting ready for a disability hearing in Texas
Don't waste your Texas disability hearing - be prepared
Qualifying for disability at a hearing in Texas
Texas Disability Attorney questions
Get a qualified disability attorney, lawyer, advocate in Texas
Should you get help from a disability attorney in Texas if you have not filed yet?
What does a disability lawyer in Texas do to help you win benefits?
How Much Are The Fees For A Disability Lawyer In Texas?
How do Disability Lawyers in Texas get paid their fees?
Qualifying For Disability in Texas, will I qualify?
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
Disability qualifications - Who will qualify is based on functional limitations
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to file for disability and the information needed by Social Security
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI? Part I
To get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award do you have to have a Permanent Disability?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
Do Lawyers Improve The Chances of Winning Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
How long does it take to get disability?