Can I apply for temporary and later permanent Social Security Disability in Texas?

Can I get temporary disability benefits in Texas and if my condition does not improve or gets worse, apply for permanent disability?

You mentioned applying for temporary disability and later applying for permanent disability. Unfortunately, you are talking about Social Security Disability or SSI. Both those programs provide benefits on the basis of having a severe medical condition which may not improve and which may even result in death (according to the SSA definition of disability). When claims are approved, they are set up for periodic (every few years) claim reviews.

However, the assumption is still that the condition may never improve. There is no such thing as temporary disability under Social Security. Disability benefits are awarded under the presumption that a person's disability will not be temporary and may never improve.

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That said, there is also no such thing as permanent disability under the Social Security Administration. While SSA awards benefits under the presumption that a person's condition may never improve, that they may never re-enter the workforce, and that their condition may even lead to their death, this still does mean that benefits that are awarded are permanent since Social Security periodically reviews claims to see if medical improvement has taken place.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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