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Neck Impairment and Disability

A neck condition can lead to serious disability. The neck contains several nerves, including the spinal cord which is necessary for brain function as well as nerves that directly involve function in your hands and arms. The neck supports the head and movement. Many individuals, through time or injury, or perhaps a bit of both, develop severe conditions in the neck, otherwise known as the cervical spine. Individuals may suffer from degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine, which occurs [...]

Can a Catastrophic Injury Accident in Texas Qualify for SSDI

Can a Catastrophic Injury Accident in Texas Qualify for SSDI?

Many situations can lead to catastrophic injuries that prevent a person from being able to work. Traffic accidents, sports incidents, various forms of abuse and violence, aviation crashes, weapons assault, even certain serious illnesses can damage the body considerably. When a catastrophic injury accident in Texas occurs that renders you unable to engage in the daily life and activities that you did prior to your accident experience, your ability to do your job may also be affected. Potentially, your [...]

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The Importance of a Pre-Hearing Brief

The Law Office of Brad Thomas routinely submits pre-hearing briefs to Administrative Law Judges prior to the case. What is a “brief?” A brief is simply a short legal paper provided to the judge that explains why you are disabled. A brief is usually 2-4 pages and submitted to the judge prior to your hearing. The brief provides the judge with a recitation of the medical records that support your claim as well as the legal theory as to why you [...]

Common Mistakes Claimants Make When Applying for SSDI in Texas

Common Mistakes Claimants Make When Applying for SSDI in Texas

Social Security Disability insurance provides a beneficial and necessary safety net for individuals in America who are disabled or too ill to work. Over the course of a worker’s career, a portion of their pay will be put into the program and after a certain amount of time or after accruing a specific amount of credits, workers are entitled to the benefit if they can no longer work. Applying for Social Security Disability benefits in Texas can be a [...]

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Administrative Law Judge Hearings

When you file a disability claim, it goes through an initial review to see if you qualify for disability.  If you are denied, it then goes through reconsideration.  Hopefully, you are one of the lucky ones who gets approved initially or at the reconsideration level.  However, if you at not approved at either of these levels, you can request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge, or ALJ. Who is an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)? An Administrative Law Judge [...]

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The Value of Working With a Texas SSDI Attorney

Sustaining a disability that prevents you from being able to work and earn an income to support yourself and your family can cause massive duress and anxiety. When you are unable to hold down a job and your ailment is long-term, meaning lasting more than 12 months, you could be a candidate that may benefit from Texas Social Security Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Government programs like SSDI in Texas are a life-saver for individuals that want [...]

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DFW Metroplex Resources for Disability Applicants with Low-Income

For many people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits, the process of waiting for a decision can be a struggle due to a lack of income and necessary medical treatment.  What makes this worse is that in order to qualify for benefits from the Social Security Administration the severity of this disability must be proven through your medical records. The inherent problem in this is that if you are unable to work then you most likely do not receive [...]

Treating Doctor Opinions and the Relevance to Your Case

In any disability claim, the medical evidence you provide to the Social Security Administration is the most important part of establishing your disability.  A supportive opinion from your treating doctor can be very helpful in establishing that you are disabled. The Administrative Law Judge is required to consider the opinion of any treating doctor when evaluating your case.  The current “treating doctor rule” applies to all claims filed after May 27, 2017.  Prior to May 27, 2017, the law was [...]

No In-Person SSDI Benefit Hearings Because of COVID

No In-Person SSDI Benefit Hearings Because of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the way businesses run, the way we interact with each other, how government operates, and almost every aspect of our lives. Even though the pandemic has been impacting daily life for more than a year now, the pandemic doesn’t stop life from happening. People are still getting sick and experiencing disease just as they are still sustaining disabling injuries. Individuals with a disability who need Social Security Disability benefits in Texas may feel even [...]

What to Look for in a Texas SSDI Attorney

What to Look for in a Texas SSDI Attorney

You want to work and be independent but if you are suffering from a disability that prevents you from being able to work you will need to explore other ways to earn a living. Having no capacity to work for 12 months or longer puts you in a position where you may be eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits. The tough thing about obtaining SSDI is that the process is highly complex with many regulations, a lot of paperwork, [...]