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Disability Basics

People who are limited in their ability to perform major life activities, like hearing, seeing, thinking, walking, moving, or taking care of overall personal needs (e.g., bathing, dressing, feeding) are considered to have a disability. The disability can be one that the person is born with or it could be a medical condition that occurs due to an illness or an accident. Whatever it is, these types of disabilities oftentimes prevent the person from working and earning an income.

Fortunately, there are programs available through the State of Texas and the Federal government. Two such programs are administered through the Social Security Administration (SSA), and they happen to be two of the most popular programs to help people with disabilities obtain some type of financial support. These two programs are:

Unfortunately, the bar is high in order to qualify for these programs. The application process can also be complex. Most importantly, however, to prove your disability satisfies the legal definition that would make you eligible for these programs can be highly technical and require considerable documentation. Doing this process alone, therefore, can be risky. Most original applications are denied, and only half or less will be approved upon an appeal. Before you start your claim in Dallas, Texas, it can help to get advice from a knowledgeable attorney.

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An experienced and compassionate disability lawyer can be a valuable resource when filing your claim. At my firm—the Law Office of Madeline M. McIntosh—I'm prepared to help you:

  • Make sure your original application is complete with adequate documentation

  • Enlist the right medical professionals and medical testing to meet the requirements of the evidence required to prove your disability

  • Move your case along faster if your initial application was denied – the appeals process can be time-consuming, but an attorney familiar with the process can navigate the system faster to reduce the wait time for your disability benefits

  • Supplement a denied application with adequate medical records, medical testing, medical diagnosis, and other documentation to improve your chances that you will win your appeal

You likely have many questions about disability benefits. Review my FAQs to get a thorough understanding of the basics. When you are ready, contact my office in Dallas to schedule an initial consultation. During this consultation, I'll explain how I can help you pursue the benefits you deserve. I am informative. I am honest. And I am dedicated to your health and well-being. My commitment to you is rooted in personal experience. Discover how I can be your advocate in Abilene, Amarillo, Wichita Falls, Houston, and throughout Texas.