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If you get denied for social security disability or SSI in Texas, you only have a few limited choices

If you get denied for Social Security Disability or SSI in Texas, you only have a few limited choices. However, the choice you should choose, in most instances, is to appeal your denial. This may seem obvious to say. However, it bears noting that many claimants, after receiving a notice of denial on a claim do one of the following: A) they cease to pursue their claim or B) they file a new application for disability instead of filing the appropriate appeal.

Failing to follow up on a claim for disability is a strategic mistake, particularly if the same individual who does this later decides to start the process all over again. Following this path simply mean quite a bit of wasted time. Filing a brand new application for disability instead of an appeal basically means giving up one's appeal rights and, again, it amounts to a significant amount of wasted time since a second application is practically guaranteed to be denied just as the first application was.

The best course of action will nearly always be to file an appeal. The first appeal following the denial of a disability application will be a reconsideration appeal The following links provide information about reconsiderations. Why is it preferable to file appeals? As we stated, the simple fact of the matter is that most claims for disability benefits are denied at the basic application application level and even at the first appeal level. However, at the second appeal level (a hearing before an administrative law judge), the chances of being approved for benefits rises substantially. But to get to the hearing level, one must go through the appeals process.

Common questions about filing for disability in Texas
Additionally, it is worth stating that even though most reconsideration appeals in Texas are also denied, approximately 16 percent of reconsiderations are approved. This makes the reconsideration more than just a stepping stone to a disability hearing. There is, effectively, a 1 out of 6 chance of being approved at this level.

So, if you get denied for social security disability or SSI benefits you should probably contact the social security office immediately to request the appropriate appeal forms, or you should file your appeal online. However, you choose to do the apeal, you should not waste any time doing this. The Social Security Administration will allow you sixty days in which to request an appeal and submit your appeal paperwork.

That seems to be a generous amount of time, but an amazing number of applicants fail to meet this deadline and are faced with the prospect of either giving up on their claim or starting over with a new claim. In either scenario, the outlook is not good.

Of course, if you get denied and you have attorney representation, your first call should be to your representative's office. You should do this ensure that they know what is happening on your case (SSA will sometimes fail to notify them of the status of your case) and you should do this to allow them to file the appeal on your behalf.

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?