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Helping Social Security Disability claimants with their appeals

What happens when a Houston resident has worked for years, has paid Social Security payroll taxes, but becomes disabled before retirement age? People in this situation may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. These benefits exist to provide assistance to eligible workers. Far from being a government handout, Social Security Disability is run as an insurance program to benefit people who have paid into the system.

SSA needs more funding to serve Texas SSDI claimants

The pressures faced by the Social Security Administration have been well-documented by both the news media and the watchdog agencies that monitor government functions, like the Government Accounting Office. In Texas, for example, claimants who have applied for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance program must sometimes wait months for an initial decision. If a hearing is required, the wait time can extend to well over a year.

Can one get SSD benefits and workers' compensation in Texas?

When a worker is injured while performing their job duties at their place of work in Texas - or in a place related to work - their only recourse is, typically, workers' compensation. But in cases where the injury prevents someone from returning to work for a long period of time or reduces their ability to hold a job, the worker may also be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

SSA workloads affect disability claimants

In a report released this month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office again faulted the Social Security Administration for the way in which it conducts business, particularly with regard to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. This month's report was issued on the heels of a report from earlier this year that found wildly inconsistent results in hearings involving similar claims. The new findings note the challenges that the SSA must overcome to deliver the levels of service required to meet the needs of disability claimants.

Helping Texas residents get the SSD benefits they deserve

During their working careers, Texas residents contribute to the Social Security Disability Insurance trust. Social Security Disability operates similarly to Social Security Retirement. The FICA portion of the withholdings from your paycheck are distributed to several trusts, like Social Security Retirement, Medicare and SSDI. When you need them later, you apply to the federal government for the benefit and, ostensibly, you receive it.

GAO says SSDI claims process must be fixed

After a thorough review, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report in January of this year that found wide disparities in the way claimants for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are treated from case to case. The GAO also found that the claims process itself was taking far too long, especially if a hearing was required. In its findings, the GAO strongly urged the Social Security Administration to undertake improvements to offer greater quality assurance and to ensure speedier decisions and more hearings with more consistent outcomes.

A representative triples your chances of a successful SSDI claim

If you've been denied Social Security Disability Insurance benefits in Texas, you will wait, on average, more than a year before you receive a hearing from an administrative law judge to review the decision. Some Texas offices have a backlog approaching 20 months. Sounds outrageous, doesn't it?

How do you appeal a rejection for benefits?

Many disabled people benefit from Social Security disability benefits. These benefits are available to people who meet the necessary criteria. Some people are denied SSD benefits when they apply for them, however. Is there a way to try to fix the situation if you think a mistake was made in denying the benefits? There is. This blog post will provide an extremely brief overview of the appeals process.

Changes to SSD benefits in 2018

Millions of residents in Texas and elsewhere are unfortunately born with medical conditions, deeming him or her disabled. Others become disabled later in life due to injuries or illnesses suffered. Whether a person is born with a disability or acquired one later in life, these conditions can significantly impact a person's ability to lead a normal life, care for him or herself or even maintain a job. Thus, these individuals will apply for Social Security disability in hopes of receiving benefits.

Some information needed for a Social Security disability claim

Social Security disability is a program that helps Houston residents and other American workers when they are unable to earn a living due to a disability. Some Houston residents also have short-term or long-term disability insurance with private insurance carriers. Are the requirements for private disability insurance the same as for Social Security Disability? This blog post will provide a brief answer to this question.