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Houston, Texas (TX) Social Security Disability
If a disability restricts your ability to maintain gainful employment, Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) can help supplement your income. However, claims are often wrongfully denied or under-funded, keeping people with disabilities from receiving the financial support they deserve.
Morgan & Morgan fights For The People, not the powerful, and we have the resources to take on the biggest bullies and win. If your SSDI claim has been denied or undervalued, fill out a free case evaluation form today.
What Types of Social Security Disability Benefits Are There?
SSDI helps families handle the financial burden that comes with an injury, and there are different categories of benefits:
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD): The most common type, SSDI requires that you have worked for at least five of the previous 10 years. If you qualify for SSDI, your dependents may also be eligible for benefits.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI): If you are a U.S. citizen who is blind, disabled, or over the age of 65 and have limited income, you may qualify for SSI.
- Disabled Adult Child (DAC): Disabled children between the ages of 18 and 22 whose parents receive Social Security benefits or are deceased may receive DAC benefits.
- Disabled Widow/Widower (DWB): In order to receive DWB, you must be 50 years of age or older, have lost your spouse of at least 10 years within the last seven years, and have developed a disability.
Why Would My Claim Be Denied?
Not everyone is eligible for SSDI benefits. Here are a few factors that determine whether or not you are eligible for SSDI:
- Employment status
- Short- and long-term prognosis of your injury
- Ability to do the work you performed before being injured
- Capability of performing other work
- Social Security Administration’s (SSA) list of disabling conditions
- SSA’s eligibility tests
- Recent work (your age at the time of injury)
- Duration of work (whether or not you worked long enough to qualify for benefits)
All these criteria will factor into your eligibility for SSDI benefits. However, there are other reasons your claim might be denied or undervalued.
You claim may also be denied if you:
- Make more than a certain amount of money
- Fail to submit your medical records
- Miss an appointment with an SSA-approved doctor
In these cases, you might still deserve benefits despite having your claim denied. Fortunately, this isn’t necessarily the end of the road. With the help of an SSDI lawyer, you can appeal your denied claim and fight for full and fair compensation.
How Do I Appeal a Denied Claim?
If you believe your claim was wrongly denied or undervalued, you still have options. Your attorney can appeal a denied claim through the following steps:
- Submit a request for reconsideration of your application
- Request a hearing by an administrative law judge
- Request revision by the SSA’s appeals council
- File a lawsuit
Not every case results in a lawsuit; if your appeal is accepted and your case is resolved after step one, you won’t have to go any further. No matter what it takes, Morgan & Morgan will take you from start to finish.
Can I Afford an Attorney?
At Morgan & Morgan, we believe everyone should have access to affordable, high-quality representation — that’s why there are no upfront costs to hire our law firm. We work on contingency, which means we don’t get paid unless we win. Our fee comes out of your trial winnings or successful resolution, so when you win big, we win big, too.
Get Started with Morgan & Morgan
There’s only one Morgan & Morgan. We’re here for you in Houston — wherever you are, whatever you need. Our team has an impressive resume that includes:
- Over $9 billion recovered for our clients
- 30+ years of experience
- More than 700 lawyers across the country
If you or a loved one has been denied an SSDI claim, contact Morgan & Morgan. Fill out a free, no-obligation case evaluation to see if we can help.