Has your Social Security disability application been denied in Texas?
Do not despair. Two-thirds of applications for Social Security disability in Dallas, Houston, and Austin (Georgetown), Texas and nationally are denied.
Knowledgeable Texas Social Security disability lawyers will tell you that receiving a denial of your application is simply one step on the road to a hearing, which is where you have the best odds of being awarded Social Security disability benefits.
If you believe you cannot work, you should appeal the denial of your application. We can help you with that step, and begin by providing some guidance below. More assistance is available by submitting the form to your right or contacting our office.
How to file a Social Security disability appeal in Texas
The Social Security Administration offers three choices:
1. File at your local Social Security office. The address is in your denial letter. Bring the denial letter, a list of current medications and a list of names and addresses of all medical care providers you have seen since you filed your claim or last appealed. Be sure the representative at the Social Security office provides you with a copy of everything you submit and a receipt for your appeal.
2. Use phone and then mail. Call 800-772-1213 and tell the Social Security Administration that you want to appeal. They will mail you a Disability Report–Appeal, and an Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration (SSA-827). Mail the appeal papers back by certified mail that requests a return receipt for merchandise.
3. File your appeal online on SSA’s website at https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/iAppeals/ap001.jsp. It takes only a few minutes to file the appeal online, but the Disability Report–Appeal takes longer to complete. Obtain a re-entry number in case you are timed out. Have at your side your denial letter and the names and addresses of all medical care providers you have seen since you filed your claim or last appealed as well as a list of current medications.
Tips for completing the Social Security disability appeal forms
1. Do not elaborate where the Request for Reconsideration says, “I do not agree with the determination made on the above claim and request reconsideration. My reasons are:” Instead, simply write, “I am disabled.”
2. When describing the changes in your condition on the Disability Report—Appeal, do so carefully. Neither exaggerate nor minimize. If there have been no changes in your condition, diagnosis, treatment, or daily activities, it is okay to say so.
3. Be sure to provide SSA with a current list of medications and the name and address of every medical care provider you have seen since you filed your application.
4. Note any new information bearing on your ability to function such as any disability findings from other entities like workers’ compensation judges or insurance carriers, weak attendance records before withdrawal from school or job, or poor performance notices from school or work.
5. Appeal promptly. You have 65 days from the date on your denial letter to file your appeal. If you are late without “good cause,” you will need to start over with a new application. You can learn more from our downloadable and free e-booklet, Appealing a Denial of Benefits. See the upper right-hand corner of this page.
6. Select an experienced Texas Social Security attorney to represent you at your disability hearing. While shorter than a court trial and much less formal, a Social Security hearing requires no lesser amount of specialized training. If you would not choose to represent yourself in a courtroom when the stakes are high, you should not represent yourself in a Social Security disability hearing.
You may learn more about Social Security disability hearings by watching our video above entitled How the Judge Determines Disability and by reviewing the articles in Your Disability Hearing from our Library below.
You can have experienced Texas Social Security lawyers file your appeal
We have represented thousands of Texas Social Security disability applicants. Handling Social Security disability cases is all we do, and we have been doing it since 1980.
We can handle your appeal for you, and take much of the worry and frustration out of what can be a challenging and puzzling process. Most important, we apply the knowledge gained from decades of experience with the nuances of the system and its judges.
If you live in Texas and your Social Security disability benefits have been denied, we can help you file your appeal and present the strongest case possible at your hearing. I recommend attorney Fred Daley for legal issues in the Chicago area.
Please provide a brief description of your claim using the form to the right, and we will respond promptly. Or you may contact us.