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Winning disability benefits in Texas will depend on several factors and you can improve the chances

The chances of winning social security disability or SSI disability benefits will depend on several factors. The first is simply the level your claim is at. If your disability case is at the initial claim level (meaning you have filed an application), you stand about a thirty percent chance of being approved for benefits and about a seventy percent chance of being turned down for benefits.

If your disability case is at the first appeal level (known as a reconsideration or review), then your chance of being approved for benefits is only about 15-20 percent. At the second appeal level, which is the third step in the Social Security Disability and SSI process, the disability hearing, a claimant has roughly a one in two chance of being approved for benefits (40% of applicants without representation at hearings win their cases and a little over 60% of applicants with representation at hearings win their cases).

A thirty percent chance of winning disability benefits after you've filed a claim may not sound good at all. And it's certainly not, especially since if you are denied at the initial claim, or application, level, you will probably have to go through the lengthy SSA (Social Security Administration) disability appeal process.

How long does this process take? It can, in many cases, take a total of two to three years to get to a disability hearing in front of an administrative law judge and receive a decision following such a hearing. Without any question, most Social Security Disability and SSI disability claimants who are forced to go through the appeals process endure substantial financial hardship.

Common questions about filing for disability in Texas
Can you improve your chance to win disability or SSI benefits?

The answer to this question is, Yes, you absolutely can improve your chance to win Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. And you can chiefly do this by avoiding certain mistakes. One huge mistake is giving up on a claim. Unfortunately, too many disability claimants who receive a denial notice (following their first application for benefits) make the assumption that they will have no better luck if they choose to pursue their claim further. Few assumptions could be more wrong than this. The Social Security Disability and SSI system is actually set up so that claimants will have a better chance of being approved if they continue to pursue their claim.

More on improving the chances of getting disability benefits: What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits?

How is this? Here's how: seventy percent of disability cases are denied at the basic disability application level by disability examiners. However, a little better than fifty percent of disability cases brought before disability judges are approved. What does this tell you? Well, it tells you several things. For starters, it tells you that the Social Security administration's disability system is inconsistent and somewhat arbitrary. However, it also tells you that if you refuse to give up and instead continue to pursue your claim after your application has been denied, your chances of being approved for benefits will go up.

In fact, the goal of every Social Security Disability and SSI disability claimant should simply be (assuming their initial claim has been denied) to get their case in front of an administrative law judge at a disability hearing.

More on this topic: How do you win Social Security Disability or SSI?

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

General information

Filing for disability in Texas
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

Disability 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?