Houston Social Security Disability Attorney – Disability Hearings

If you’ve submitted your initial application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in Texas, and you were denied, it is essential to get started with the appeals process as soon as possible. And if you were denied benefits at the initial and reconsideration levels, then you have the opportunity to go before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to explain, in person, to the government why your medical condition keeps you from working.

Houston SSA Disability Attorney | Disability Hearings | Herren Law

As you can imagine, the results of this hearing will be essential to your SSD benefits, and by the time you’ve arrived at the hearing, you’re probably hoping to receive your benefits soon. With a thorough, comprehensive presentation at your disability hearing, you may be able to speed up the SSA process and get your rightfully owed benefits in a timely manner. Furthermore, with the aid of leading Houston SSD benefits attorney William Herren, you can make sure that your disability hearing has the legal consultation and representation of an SSD expert. To speak with Herren Law regarding the details of your case, you can call our Houston law office today at (713) 682-8194.

Overview of Disability Hearings in Houston

In Texas, if your disability claim was denied and you have an upcoming disability hearing with an ALJ, then you need to prepare accordingly. First of all, Texas disability hearings are conducted through the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) offices. In Houston, there are two ODAR offices, located at:

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
9945 Bissonnet Street
Houston, Texas 77036-8203
Telephone: (866) 779-5456
Fax: (713) 349-7380

SSA, Office of Disability Adjudication and Review
GTML Federal Building, Suite 500
1919 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone: (877) 850-7829
Fax: (713) 209-3262

If you are unable to come to the ODAR office for your hearing, the disability hearing will occur at a local place near you or via a teleconference connection.

SSD Disability Statistics

Nearly every year, the Social Security Administration receives more than three million applications for Social Security Disability Benefits. More than 80 percent of initial applications will be denied, and, in the Houston TX area, you can surely expect that there will be a large number of individuals waiting for their disability hearing. In general, it can take anywhere from 253 to 454 days to obtain a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).

Furthermore, at the two Houston ODAR offices, an average of 25% of disability hearings are dismissed, about 30% of cases are approved, and around 45% of cases are denied. After your hearing, you may have to wait for another 45 to 90 days before knowing whether or not your hearing was successful and if the judge decided in your favor.

Getting Ready for a Disability Hearing in Houston

Although you may have a long wait time before an ALJ will be able to hear your case, this can be a good thing. The extensive waiting gives you the necessary time to fully prepare your case. Additionally, while you’re waiting, it’s a good idea to continue receiving medical care. The ALJ will make a decision based on your medical records, and the more your medical history is documented, the better. Moreover, an ALJ will be better prepared to make a decision if you can show recent (less than 2 months) medical evidence supporting your claim.

Secondly, an important way to get ready for your disability hearing is to obtain the services of an expert and experienced SSD attorney. By obtaining an attorney about two months before your hearing date, your attorney will be able to thoroughly review your records, attempt to obtain a medical source statement, and go through your vocational history. The goal is to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, why you deserve the SSD benefits that are rightfully owed to you.

Contact Herren Law Today

At Herren Law in Houston, we’ve helped numerous individuals receive disability benefits, and we also understand the importance of getting these benefits in a timely manner. You have bills to pay, and due to your disability, you may be unable to work.

As such, by calling Herren Law, we’ll immediately begin going through your records, working with you one-on-one, and representing your case to the fullest extent. The first step in getting an experienced SSD attorney on your side is to contact our Houston law office at (713) 682-8194. We offer free, no-obligation consultations.