SSDI benefits in Texas how do I apply?If you are disabled and unable to work and you are considering applying for SSDI benefits in Texas you may be wondering what steps you need to take to ensure you are approved. Recently, on our Social Security Disability forum a user asked, What steps should I take to apply for SSDI benefits in Texas?
According to reports, up to 60% of disability applicants who apply for SSDI benefits in Texas are denied. This may sound high, but it is in line with the denial rates for most other states. With this denial rate, however, it is important to understand that winning SSDI benefits in Texas may require pursing your claim through several appeal levels and potentially attending a hearing before an administrative law judge.
Where do I apply for SSDI benefits in Texas?
SSDI benefits are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). So applying for benefits will be similar in all states. To apply for SSDI benefits in Texas or in any other state you can call the SSA at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778),Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; visit your local Social Security Office; or you can apply for benefits online.
If you decide to visit a local office it is recommended that you contact them ahead of time a schedule an appointment. Most major cities have several SSA offices. To locate the nearest office visit the SSA website at www.ssa.gov (scroll to the bottom of the page and press the Contact Us button and then press the Find an Office button on the following page).
Should I visit the SSA Office when applying for SSDI benefits in Texas?
Although the SSA touts its online application process, many claimants will benefit from a visit to the SSA office. If you do decide to schedule an appointment and go to the office make sure you have a list of questions prepared and all necessary documents.
Meeting with an SSA representative may allow you to ask questions about the disability process, understand the requirements for your disability application, and avoid common mistakes. There is one caveat, however. Do not expect the SSA representative to complete the application for you. There are millions of SSDI and SSI applicants each year and a limited number of SSA workers.
What happens after I file my SSDI benefits in Texas?
After you have completed your SSDI benefits application and the SSA has verified you meet the non-medical requirements for SSDI benefits in Texas they will send your SSDI application to a processing specialist known as a disability examiner. The disability examiner will then request your current medical records and review them to determine if you meet the medical requirements for SSDI benefits in Texas.
How long will I have to wait for SSDI benefits in Texas?
Although the SSA notes that a disability decision usually takes between 90 to 120 days, it could take much longer, especially if you fail to attend a consultative examination or the SSA has difficulty getting your medical records.
If your claim is denied at the application level you will need to either file a new claim or file an appeal. Not all denials, however, can successfully be appealed; it will depend on why you were denied. Talk to a disability lawyer if you have questions about your SSDI benefits in Texas.
Who will help me with my disability application?