How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Reasons for Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied in Texas

Social Security Disability (SSD) and SSI cases are denied in Texas, in most instances, due to a lack of medical evidence to support an applicant’s claim. In other words, a lack of medical evidence that either allows a disability examiner or a disability judge to extrapolate that a claimant can no longer work, or a lack of evidence that sufficiently documents by itself that a claimant's residual functional capacity is insufficient to allow either past work or other work.

In many cases an SSD or SSI claimant will apply for disability benefits without ever having had any prior medical treatment for their condition, be it physical or mental (I base this on my work experience in processing disability claims as a disability examiner).

It is absolutely critical for any individual contemplating applying for disability benefits to seek medical treatment for their condition as soon as possible. A medical diagnosis from a qualified physician, including a detailed report of exactly how the medical condition prevents the claimant from working at his or her job must, in most cases, be supplied to the disability examiner before benefits are awarded.

Many claimants do not understand this, and apply for disability for conditions such as depression, chronic fatigue, or even rheumatoid arthritis, with little or no history of being treated for their condition. Without some sort of documentation from a licensed medical professional to support the claim, the disability examiner frankly has nothing to evaluate other than the veracity of the person making the claim, and since the DDS (disability determination services, the agency that makes decisions for social security) is not in the business of lie detection, you can bet that any claim with nothing but the word of the applicant to support it will be denied.

For this reason, anyone who files for disability in Texas must take steps to document their impairment, including the following:

1. When filing for disability, make sure that the primary medical condition, be it physical or mental, is something for which you have seen a licensed medical professional. It’s okay to list other conditions as well; for instance, many people who are suffering from chronic pain may be suffering from depression as well.

However, any condition that you claim is contributing to your inability to work must be diagnosed by a physician in order to be considered at all in the disability determination process. If you have a disabling condition for which you haven’t been seen by a doctor yet, make an appointment immediately.

2. If you are being treated by a physician for your impairment, be sure to keep all of your appointments and to follow the doctor’s orders. You must be able to demonstrate that, despite your best efforts, your condition is not improving, and that means taking your prescribed medication and seeing your doctor regularly.

Also, keep in mind that a physician may discharge you if you do not keep your appointments, and the last thing a disability applicant needs is to have to switch physicians midstream due to their failure to comply with their doctor’s advice. Continuity of medical records and treatment are key to supporting a disability claim, and a lack of cooperation on the part of the patient makes it look like the condition is really not that severe after all.

Review your own medical records periodically. Your physician does not work for social security, nor is he or she a disability examiner, so there is a pretty good chance that details regarding symptoms of your impairment and how it limits your ability to work, will not be included in the physician’s notes. If you see that there is a lot being left out of your medical file regarding your symptoms and physical or mental limitations, talk to your physician about it—be upfront, and let him or her know that you need more details to support your disability claim.

If your physician is not supportive, you must find a new one. After all, if your doctor does not believe that your condition is serious enough to keep you from working, chances are a disability examiner will pick up on this and determine that you are able to work as well.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips

More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?

New and featured pages on SSDRC.com

Who can help me file for disability?

Related pages:

Can You Collect Social Security and Disability At the Same Time in Texas?
How to Get Disability with a Back Injury in Texas
Is there a short term Social Security Disability Benefit in Texas?
What is SSI Disability Pay Based On in Texas?
What Should you say to the Social Security Disability Doctor at a CE in Texas?
Reasons for Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied in Texas
Mental Disorders and SSD (Social Security Disability) and SSI in Texas
How long after you are approved for disability do you have to sign up for medicare in Texas?
What does Social Security Disability consider a Mental Impairment in Texas?
Should your Doctor determine if you get Social Security Disability or SSI in Texas?
Doctor Records and the Texas Social Security Disability Hearing
Who is eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI Disability in Texas?

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits
Applying for disability benefits, SSI and SSDI
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability?
How does back pay for Social Security Disability work?
Social Security Disability And SSI Qualifications
Permanent Disability Qualifications for SSD and SSI
Status of your Social Security Disability or SSI case
Disability lawyer representation, finding lawyers
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability, qualifying for Benefits
Qualifications for Disability Benefits
How long does it take to get disability after applying?
Disability application, how to file in Texas
Texas disability requirements
Eligibility and qualifying for disability in Texas
What are the qualifications for disability in Texas?
Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Texas?
Getting a Texas disability lawyer, attorney, or advocate

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.