If you live in Atascocita (Harris County), TX and become disabled you could be entitled to disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). The SSA runs two programs called SSDI and SSI. You should apply for SSDI if you have a strong work history and you should apply for SSI if you do not have a strong work history, but have limited resources and assets. As of August 2013, there are 71, 025 individuals receiving SSDI and 102,731 individuals receiving SSI in Harris County.
You can apply for disability benefits either online or at your local SSA office. The local SSA office for the Atascocita is:
10703 Stancliff Rd
Houston, TX 77099
This SSA office also handles claims for residents in Houston, Humble, Kingwood and Huffman.
Atascocita Disability Attorneys and Advocates
You have the option of using a social security attorney or advocate when applying for disability benefits. There is no upfront cost associated with hiring these legal professional. Your attorney is only paid if you are successfully awarded disability benefits. You attorney will receive 25% of the back pay that you are awarded or $6,000 whichever is less.
You can learn more about a hiring a disability attorney here.
An Atascocita disability lawyer will generally also handle cases in the following cities and towns: Humble, Aldine, Cloverleaf, Spring, Channelview, Jacinto City, Galena Park, Houston, Deer Park, Pasadena, The Woodlands, Baytown, Liberty, South Houston and West University Place.
Any questions with regards to hiring an attorney in the area can be directed to:
Houston Bar Association
1001 Fannin St #1300
Houston, TX 77002
Atascocita Disability Hearings
If your claim is denied at both the initial and reconsideration stages of the disability application process, then you will have to file for a disability hearing with the Houston Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR). This stage is where most applicants are approved for benefits. Thus, you will want to make sure that you give yourself the best chance of being approved by hiring a disability attorney or advocate to represent you during the hearing.
Unfortunately, it can take up to a year to have a hearing scheduled with the Houston ODAR office. In very extreme circumstances, your congressman maybe able to intervene to have your hearing scheduled sooner. The congressman for the Atascocita area can be contacted at:
1801 Kingwood Drive
Kingwood, TX 77339
Contact Mr. Poe’s office to see if it possible to have your hearing scheduled sooner.
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