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Filing for Social Security Benefits

If you are ever in the unfortunate position of having to file a claim with the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), it would be best if you did so while living in Texas. You have a better chance (38%) of getting approved to receive SSDI benefits in The Lone Star state than average (34%) on the first try. It may seem daunting to have a 1 in 3 chance of getting approved, but these really are the numbers you will have to work with and are a reflection on how difficult it can be to make an SSDI claim.

Even when you are denied, Texas has a shorter than average waiting time to get a schedule for a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ) with whom you have to lodge an appeal for a denied claim. But wherever you may be, the benefits that you will receive once you get approved for SSDI is the same. It will depend mainly on what kind of disability benefit you will be eligible for as determined by the disability specialists who will be assigned to assess the case. Because Social Security is a federal program, it is the national government who will eventually end up paying whatever the state agencies decide will be appropriate for each particular case.

However, some states make additional payments to certain individuals even if they have applied for or are already receiving disability payments and Supplemental Security Income (a benefit reserved for those with no income). In Texas, for example, a resident who is living in a nursing home funded by Medicaid may be entitled to an additional $60 over and above any federal stipend. To know what benefits you may be eligible for, and to make a disability claim, it is best to consult with a lawyer in your state who has extensive experience in handling such cases.