Does Texas offer a state disability program to pay you for a period of time while you're waiting for the results of your appeal? For example, in CA, employees pay in to State Disability Insurance, a program that's administered by the Employment Development Department. If you're unable to work due to a qualified medical condition, you can collect SDI for up to 52 weeks. It's not as much as you would earn (it's based on the prior quarter earnings, I believe), but at least it's something for living expenses while you're waiting for your SSDI claim to be adjudicated.
I've heard that although SSDI is a Federal program, claims are handled/decided at the state level, is that correct? Based on that understanding, if you live in a state that is in a severe financial crisis, for example California, do you think it would take longer to get your SSDI claim approved?
I'm really hoping that your claim gets approved quickly, Tgal. Why should you have to pay an attorney any of your back pay when you should have been approved from the get go? You need to be able to keep a roof over your head, food on the table and medicine for your medical conditions. Darn govt makes it hard so you'll give up---except you won't, will you?
The govt makes it so difficult for people who are legitimately ill and not merely alcoholics/addicts looking for a handout. Hang in there, girl. We're all here for you and wishing you quick results!