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Will I Qualify For Disability Benefits in Texas?

Residents of Texas who are disabled must first apply for benefits at their local Social Security Office and their disability applications are then forwarded to DDS (Disability Determination Services) by the Social Security Administration for a disability determination.

The Texas DDS, like other state disability agencies across the county, is completely funded by SSA to make their disability determinations. Consequently, SSA is responsible for making the final decision as to whether or not a person is eligible to receive disability.

Once DDS has finished making a disability determination, they forward the disability claim or reconsideration appeal back to their local Social Security offices for the final disability decision.

If you are applying for Social Security disability in Texas you have a little better than the average chance of qualifying for disability benefits at the initial disability claim and reconsideration appeal levels of the Social Security disability process.

Currently, about 32.6 percent of the initial disability claims processed by the Texas DDS are being approved for disability benefits compared to a national average of about 31.7 percent.

Common questions about filing for disability in Texas
If your initial disability claim is denied, you can appeal that decision with a reconsideration appeal. The Texas DDS makes both the initial disability claim and the reconsideration appeal disability decisions.

Social Security requires that a different disability examiner make the reconsideration appeal decision. Even though a different disability examiner makes your reconsideration appeal decision, it is unlikely you will qualify for disability at this level, however.

The reconsideration appeal approval rate is dismal in Texas as it is in all other states; the Texas reconsideration appeal approval rate of 12.4 percent is a little higher than the national reconsideration appeal rate of 11.0 percent. Still, this means that 87 percent of the disability applicants who file reconsideration appeals in Texas are denied disability.

If you are denied for disability on your reconsideration appeal, you must appeal the decision once again to keep your disability claim alive. Once your reconsideration appeal is denied you file a request for a social security disability hearing, also referred to as an administrative law judge hearing. Unlike reconsideration appeals, disability hearing appeals are likely to result in disability benefits.

In Texas, like all other states, the disability hearing appeal has the highest approval rate of all levels of the Social Security disability process. The average approval rate for Texas hearings offices is about 49 percent compared to a national average of about 58 percent.

Generally, it takes a nearly a year to be scheduled for a disability hearing in Texas. At the hearing level, it is generally advisable to get the help of a professional Social Security representative.

National statistics indicate that disability claimants who have representation are more likely to win their case (in a recent year, 62 percent of individuals with representation were approved versus 40 percent of unrepresented claimants).

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?