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Should you get help from a disability attorney in Texas if you have not filed yet?

Hello, I resigned from my job in October due to constant pain, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, inability to focus, & fear of a mental breakdown. I am seeing several Dr.s for the many issues I have been experiencing.

After a lot of testing, bloodwork, etc, I found out there's a possibility I may have MS based on my MRI's family history, symptoms, but also have arthritis/disk issues, nerve pain, numbness, incontinence, anxiety, and depression. I am only 54, and thought that my issues would subside after I left my job. However, that hasn't happened and I left almost a year ago.

I am having many cognitive issues: memory, inability to focus, very slow processing, etc. Is there someone that can assist me with applying for social security disability? I'm unable to organize my thoughts on my own and don't know where to turn for help in getting this process started. Should I start with an Attorney? We have lost 1/2 our income with me not working & my husband earns less than 35K a year.

Thank you for any information you may have. Hopeful in Texas.

If you have left your job and are no longer earning a substantial and gainful income as a result of a severe medical impairment (and it sounds, from your description, that all of these things are true), then you should file for disability.

Should you get representation in Texas if you have not filed a claim yet? That is a common question. Some will argue that you shouldn't bother because of two things. One, if you win your case you will have to give up a fee for representation to the attorney or non-attorney who handled your claim (currently, the maximum fee is $6000 which is deducted from your back pay). Two, there is usually little for a representative to do on your case at the initial claim level.

However, your situation is a bit different. It is similar to individuals who, due to a medical condition (memory loss, disabling depression, a condition causing pain, or a condition causing mobility problems), would have significant difficulty initiating the application process.

Common questions about filing for disability in Texas
In such scenarios, I do not think it is unreasonable to look into obtaining representation from either a disability attorney or a non-attorney claimant's representative. Some reps will tell you that they do not handle claims until the actual claim has been filed (meaning they do not want to help you with your paperwork) and some reps will tell you to wait till you have been denied before they will get involved (meaning they understand that there may be little for them to do at that point).

However, some reps will actually take your case and then assist you will getting it filed with a Social Security office. To find this type of rep, you will simply need to start making phone calls. I would guess that you shouldn't have to make too many calls in your area before you find one that will take your case and help you get started. Good luck with your case, sincerely.

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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?