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Permanent Disability Benefits in Texas

If you file for disability benefits in Texas and win your claim at the initial level (the level of an application), the reconsideration appeal level, or the disability hearing level, your disability award will be made on the assumption that your condition, whether it is mental, physical, or a combination of conditions that are either physical or mental, is the following:
  • 1. Severe.
  • 2. Longstanding.
  • 3. Functionally limiting.
The definition of disability used by the Social Security Administration requires that your condition must be severe in this way: first of all, it must impose enough functional limitations (for example, reduced ability to walk, sit, or stand, reach, lift, or carry more than a certain amount of weight, or a reduced ability to comprehend, concentrate, or remember--these are just a few examples of functional limitations) that you no longer have the ability to go back to one of your past jobs performed within the last 15 years.

Secondly, however, it must impose enough limitations that you also lack the ability to perform what SSA considers other work.

And, finally, the condition must last for at least one full year. That does not mean that you must have your condition and not have worked for a year before you apply. It simply means that the condition must be considered, based on a review of the medical records, severe enough that it will be disabling for at least a year.

Therefore, if your condition just became only recently disabling to the point where you could not work and earn a substantial and gainful income, a disability examiner can still make a projection as to whether your condition will last a full year (which satisfies the SSA definition of disability).

Common questions about filing for disability in Texas
Some cases, in fact, are denied by a disability examiner (examiners make decisions on disability applications and reconsideration appeals while administrative law judges decide hearing level cases) on the basis of duration, meaning the decision is made that the claimant's condition will improve to less than a severe state within 12 months from the time of its onset. And other cases are ruled, at the start, to be NSI, meaning a non-severe impairment. An example of an NSI might be a sprained wrist.

Individuals who are awarded benefits, however, are always considered to have at least one severe medical impairment. And built into that disability award is the assumption that the condition will last a long time, possibly even be permanent.

However, that said, SSA does not assume that all individuals approved for disability will always remain disabled. And this is why all cases are periodically reviewed every few years.

Disability benefits are never permanently awarded. But, because the disability decision process is fairly strict, the fact still remains that most individuals who are put on disability in Texas will never have their benefits ceased. This is because to cease a person's benefits, Social Security must prove medical improvement has occurred, and this is fairly difficult to do.

To sum up, SSA does not offer temporary disability benefits. Nor does it offer partial or permanent benefits. However, most people who are awarded can count on their benefits remaining even though their case may be reviewed every few years. This is because individuals generally get disability due to chronic conditions that are not likely to improve.

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?