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How many appeals do you have for a Social Security Disability or SSI in claim Texas?

Note: There are currently ten states in which the Social Security Disability appeal system works differently. In those states, there is no reconsideration appeal process and after a denial has been made on a disability application, the first appeal is the request for a hearing before an ALJ, or administrative law judge. Texas is not one of those states.

In the state of Texas, if a claim has been turned down by a disability examiner at DDS (disability determination services, the agency at which SSD and SSI claims are decided), the next step is to request a reconsideration of the denial. The reconsideration is hardly different from the initial claim and the majority of these appeals are also turned down. However, roughly 16 percent of reconsideration request appeals are approved at this level, which is approximately 1 out of every 6 cases. Therefore, while the odds are against approval on a reconsideration, it is certainly worth filing one.

For most individuals who get denied on a reconsideration appeal in Texas, the primary value of the recon step is to simply get to the point where a hearing may be requested. Approval rates vary between the various Social Security hearings offices (there are two in Dallas, two in Houston, one in Fort Worth, one in Rio Grande Valley, and one in San Antonio) with a low of approximately 40% approval in the Houston Bissonnet and Rio Grande Valley hearings offices (based on prior year SSA data).

But, on average, most claimants filing for disability in Texas will have either a one in two chance, or as much as a 60 percent chance of being approved for disability benefits. As to the question, "How many appeals are you allowed for Social Security Disability or or SSI in Texas?", there are two ways to tackle the question.

Common questions about filing for disability in Texas
One way to answer this question is to say "as many appeals as you want". Why? Because the social security administration will allow a claimant to file as many instances of a Social Security Disability or SSI disability application as they want, and to go through the appeals process as often as they want.

However, an individual whose claim has been denied and who chooses to go through the SSA appeals process will, typically, need to file two appeals. The first appeal, following the denial of an inital claim, is called, as we've already stated, a reconsideration.

The second appeal is known as a request for hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. For many, if not most, claimants the disability hearing level is as far as their case will go.

This is true for two reasons. First of all, roughly half of all cases that are brought before federal judges are approved. Secondly, many claimants who are denied by an ALJ at the disability hearing level will choose not to pursue further appeals but, instead, will choose to file a new disability application.

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?