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Don't waste your Texas disability hearing - be prepared

I applied for SSDI for my Chronic Migraines. My Doctors (family doctor & neurologist) had me take a Functional Capacity Exam. The results state that I can work a sedentary job with light skills if an employer will hire me. I checked the Social Security website and they have a grid for ages and schooling and skills based on your last job.

I checked and it says the judge will find me disabled because I have no skills to get another job. Not sure why the test said nothing about my migraines. Is the above true and does the exam results hurt my chances at the hearing even if I have medical records to prove it?


The medical vocational grid rules are used to guide decisions based on your age, education, rated work skills, and current rated level of functionality (i.e. are you restricted to light work, sedentary, medium, etc).

The grid rules do not address specific medical conditions, in your case migraines. That is not their purpose. Regarding "skills", be careful about trying to interpret the grid rules. Skill levels are assessed by judges and by disability examiners according to an identification of your job in something known as the DOT, or dictionary of occupational titles. They use your description of your job(s) to find the job in the DOT that matches up, and then they use the skill rating assigned to that job listing.

Common questions about filing for disability in Texas
To me, it seems you would benefit from representation at a hearing. The whole purpose of representation at a Texas disability hearing is that you have someone handling your case that actually understands the rules and regulations of the SSD and SSI programs. They can argue that you meet the SSA definition of disability, provide input as to how your work should be classified, and even regarding the relationship between your medical records and your functional limitations (meaning, what type of work are you unable to do as a result of your condition).

If you are not represented, you may find it a good idea to look into this before a hearing takes place. People in Texas wait months after a hearing request to get a hearing. At every single Texas hearing office, in fact, the wait exceeds a full year (How long does it take to get a disability hearing in Texas?). And it all takes place in under a half hour. You really want to maximize your chances in that half hour and you want your case prepared as best as possible before you enter the hearing room.

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?