McAllen (Hidalgo County) is home to disability attorneys and advocates who are willing to help those individuals who are out of work due to a disability. These attorneys can help you apply and get approved for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). As of December 2011, there were 15,025 individuals receiving SSDI benefits and 41,579 individuals receiving SSI benefits in Hidalgo County.
If you feel like you are comfortable applying for disability on your own, you can do so on the SSA’s website. However, if you need assistance you will have to visit a local SSA office:
3004 McColl Rd
McAllen, TX 78501
Telephone: (956) 686-3758
215 Calle Del Norte
Laredo, TX 78041
Telephone: (866) 704-4857
Hiring a McAllen Social Security Attorney/Advocate
In order to hire a McAllen disability attorney, you and your attorney will both have to fill out form SSA-1696. Once that is filed, your attorney can begin to fill out all paperwork on your behalf.
A McAllen Social Security Disability lawyer will also handle disability claims in the following cities located in Hidalgo County, Starr County, Cameron County, Willacy County, Kenedy County, Brooks County, and Jim Hogg County: Pharr, Lopezville, Edinburg, Palmhurst, Mission, La Homa, Alton, San Juan, Alamo, Donna, Weslaco, and Hidalgo.
Hiring an attorney can be a difficult decision for some people. If you have any concerns or questions you can contact the Hidalgo County Bar Association:
Hidalgo County Bar Association
314 S. Closner Blvd
Edinburg, TX 78539
McAllen Disability Hearings
Do not be discouraged if you are initially denied. Most people usually are denied and will have to wait until a hearing to be approved. McAllen residents will have their hearings at the Houston-Bissonet office. Currently, there are 6,250 pending cases at the Houston-Bissonet ODAR office and the wait time is 263 days.
From October 2012 to January 2013, the Houston-Bissonet ODAR had 2521 hearings scheduled. Approximately 74.10% of these hearings were resolved (approved, partially approved or denied). The 13 judges in the Houston-Bissonet office handled about 2.7 dispositions per day. Approximately 72% of the hearings were held in person and 28% of them were held via a videoconference.
If you have not already hired a Beaumont disability attorney, you should do so before your hearing. Your attorney will be familiar with this office, since he or she will have attended hearings in the past on behalf of other claimants from Beaumont.
In cases of extreme financial or medical difficulty, you can contact your congressman to see if it is possible to speed up you hearing at:
2864 West Trenton Road
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: (956) 682-5545
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