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How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

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How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

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Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

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SSD SSI Definitions

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SSDRC Disability Blog

Resource links for filing a disability application in the state of Texas

If you considering filing for disability benefits through either the title II SSDI (Social Security Disability) or title 16 SSI (Supplemental Security Income) program, both of which are administered through the Social Security Administration, then you should know that these programs are nationally standardized. Meaning that it does not matter if you file in the state of Texas or in any other state. The process is the same throughout the nation.

The only substantial difference that currently exists between certain states, as regards the disability process, is the fact that there are 10 states (part of a prototype experiment that was started a decade ago and which has not been adopted throughout the nation) in which a person who has been denied on a disability application can immediately file a request for a disability hearing as their first appeal. Texas is not one of those states. In Texas, a person who has been denied may request a reconsideration of their denied claim. A small percentage of those reconsideration claims, about 12 percent, are approved. If the reconsideration appeal in Texas is denied, then the next step would be to request a hearing before a judge.

Common questions about filing for disability in Texas
The disability process in Texas

In Texas, like every other state, the process typically begins with contacting a local SSA office to get the claim started. Potential claimants can utilize the SSA online process, but many, perhaps most, will find it more beneficial to contact a local office. A claim interview can be scheduled to be done in person at the Social Security office, or it can done over the phone. In either situation, though, it allows for questions to be asked and answered which is not something the online process allows for.

After a claim is taken, it is sent to Texas DDS, or disability determination services. At the Texas DDS, it is assigned to a disability examiner who will use the information on the disability report form, completed during the application process, to request records from each source of medical treatment seen by the claimant.

The records received from medical treatment sources will form the principal basis for the decision that is ultimately made by the examiner. It is not the only information generally used since that decision may (if the case is not adjudicated and approved on a listing) also rely on the information regarding a person's work history if they are an adult, or school records if they are a child applicant.

When disability claim decisions are not mad solely on the basis of medical evidence, as is the case with a claim satisfying a listing, and are made based on medical evidence and work information, the decision is referrred to as a medical vocational allowance.

The following links apply to the filing of a disability claim in Texas.

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?