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Social Security Disability Benefits

Disability Benefits

This article tells you about Social Security Disability Benefits. This article has information on how to apply, what to do if your disability benefits are terminated, and more. This article was composed by TexasLawHelp staff from excerpts from various SSA  publications. 


From The SSA:

Social Security pays benefits to people who cannot work because they have a medical condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Federal law requires this very strict definition of disability. While some programs give money to people with partial disability or short-term disability, Social Security does not. Certain family members of disabled workers also can receive money from Social Security.

The booklet by the Social Security Administration gives more information about the availability of disability benefits, including helpful charts to determine eligibility and instructions on how to apply.

Apply for Social Security Disability

Already applied for disability benefits?

If you have already filed a disability claim with Social Security, you may contact the Texas Disability Determination Service (DDS) with questions about processing your claim. Call DDS  at (512) 437-8000 or 1-800-252-7009 with questions concerning your claim or with information that updates your application.

Already receiving disability benefits?

From SSA:

Generally, your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved and you can't work. 

Under the law, your payments can't begin until you've been disabled for at least five full months. Payments usually start with your sixth month of disability. 

If you applied for benefits after May 1, 2011, you must receive your payments electronically. 

For more information on these and other important topics, please click here to read "What You Need to Know When you Get Social Security Disability Benefits" by the social security administration.

Disability Under Review?

From SSA:

The Social Security Administration is required, by law to review, from time to time, the current medical condition of all people receiving disability benefits to make sure they continue to have a qualifying disability.

Generally, if your health hasn't improved, or if your disability still keeps you from working, you'll continue to receive your benefits.  

For more information on how the Social Security Administration decides if you are still disabled and eligible to receive on going disability benefits, click here to read "How We Decide If You Still Have a Qualifying Disability" by the Social Security Administration.

Disability Benefits Wrongfully Terminated?

From SSA:

Social Security wants to be sure that every decision made about your Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim is correct. If [SSA] decides that you no longer have a qualifying disability, you can appeal it. That means that SSA will look at your case again and see if their decision is correct. 

For more information on the appeals process including levels of appeals and important deadlines, click here to read "Your Right to Question the Decision to Stop Your Disability Benefits" by the Social Security Administration.

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