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September 30, 2014

Advice from Qualified Texas Social Security Disability Attorneys:

How the Social Security Administration Determines Whether You are Disabled


The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a decision tree that it uses to determine whether you meet their definition of disability.


There are Five Steps in this Disability Determination Process


  1. Are you working and earning more than $1,010 per month?
  2. Is your medical condition “severe,” meaning that it interferes with your work?
  3. Is your medical condition listed by the SSA as a disabling condition?
  4. Can you do the work you did previously?
  5. Can you do any other type of work?


Don’t Count Yourself Out; Get a Professional Legal Analysis


Don’t eliminate yourself from eligibility without consultation with a qualified Social Security disability attorney. For a fee case analysis, contact our office (855)773-4669 or email us at info@hoppinglawgroup.com.


At first glance, you may think that you are not eligible; however, we’ve discovered that many folks don’t realize how sick they really are. They become used to not feeling well and not being able to function normally. This lowered threshold becomes their norm.


In addition, there are always legal interpretations and special circumstances that aren’t fully explained (or easily understood) on the SSA’s website; let the experienced lawyers analyze your case. If you have a case, they’ll tell you; if you don’t, they’ll explain why.


In this next section, we’ll discuss the 5 step disability determination process in more detail.


How Much Can You Earn?

You can work part-time and still qualify for benefits. Don’t eliminate yourself from eligibility just because you have some earned income.


Passive income through rents or investments doesn’t count; the SSA just analyzes earned income.


There is no investigation into or consideration of your net worth; it’s all about earned income.


Does Your Medical Condition Interfere with Your Work?


Is it difficult or impossible to get through your day? How does your health make working difficult or impossible?


Is Your Medical Problem on the SSA Disabling Condition List?


If your health problem is on the list, it makes an award of benefits easier to achieve; however, being on the list is not mandatory. Your attorney will analyze your specific situation to determine whether your medical condition would help you to qualify for benefits.


Can You Do the Work You’ve Done Previously?

To be deemed eligible for benefits, your attorney will help to show that you can’t do the work that you’ve previously done.


Can You do Other Work?


The SSA will seek to determine whether you can do other work. They’ll check out your background
and decide whether you have skills transferrable to other jobs that you could do in spite of your medical condition.

Where do I get help determining whether I am eligible for Social Security Disability benefits?


Our Texas Social Security Disability Benefit attorneys would be happy to assist you in analyzing your individual case and helping you to obtain any Social Security Disability benefits you deserve. For your convenience, we have offices in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. However, we accept cases statewide in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Harlingen, Abilene, Amarillo, and El Paso . Your next step is to call our office at (855) 773-4669 or email us at info@hoppinglawgroup.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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