Lubbock resident have option of using a disability attorney or advocate when applying for benefits. Your attorney will be deal with the SSA on your behalf by filling out the necessary paperwork and checking up on the status of your claim. As of December 2011, there were 6,685 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 6,450 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Lubbock County.
SSDI is for people who have a strong work history, whereas SSI is more of needs based program. Click here to learn more about the differences.
You can visit a local SSA office in the Lubbock area.
2002 West Loop 289
Lubbock, TX 79407
Telephone: (806) 799-2520
400 S Garland
Plainview, TX 79072
Telephone: (806) 293-9599
Hiring a Lubbock Social Security Attorney/Advocate
Although, you can apply for disability on your own, it is recommended that you hire an attorney or advocate. If you choose to hire a Lubbock disability attorney for your claim, you will have to send in an SSA-1696 form along with your application.
Learn more about the benefits of having an attorney.
A Lubbock Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Lubbock County, Lynn County, Garza County, Crosby County, Hale County, Floyd County, Hockley County, Lamb County, and Terry County: Wolfforth, Shallowater, Abernathy, Idalou, Buffalo Springs, Acuff, Ralls, Littlefield, Levelland, Midland, Ropesville, and Wayside.
Listed below is the address to the Texas State Bar. Any issues, questions or concerns with hiring an attorney can be directed to them.
State Bar of Texas
1414 Colorado St
Austin TX 78701
Lubbock Disability Hearings
Nearly 60% of claims are approved at the hearing level, which is the where majority of claimants are approved for benefits. Lubbock residents will have to go to the Fort Worth hearing office for their hearing. Currently, there are 4,815 pending cases at the Fort Worth office and the wait time is 293 days.
From October 2012 to January 2013, the Fort Worth office had 1659 hearings scheduled. Approximately 83.90% of these hearings were resolved (approved, partially approved or denied). The 9 judges in the Fort Worth office handled about 2.3 dispositions per day or approximately 21 hearings per day al together. Approximately 71% of the hearings were held in person and 29% through a videoconference.
Don’t worry if you find all of these specifics associated with the Fort Worth office to be overwhelming. Your Lubbock disability attorney will be familiar with the hearing process and will prep you before the hearing.
It can be difficult to wait for over a year to be approved when you are not working. In rare circumstances, you can speed up the scheduling of your hearing by contacting your local congressman’s office:
611 University Ave., Suite #220
Lubbock, Texas 79401
Phone: (806) 763-1611
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