6.2% of the Austin, Texas population under the age of 65 lives with a disability according to the United States Census Bureau. In Texas, employer-funded disability insurance policies (as well as those paid by the employee as part of a group plan benefit with the employer) may provide short-term disability benefits and long-term disability benefits to individuals whose condition prevents them from working. If the individual is unable to work, or expected to be unable to work for 12 months, they may also be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. An Austin Disability Lawyer can help.
Ortiz Law Firm Handles Long Term Disability Claims in Austin, Texas
We receive calls from claimants all over the state of Texas. There is one question that we get all the time, and that is, “Can I hire you even though you are not in Texas?”
The answer is yes! Nick Ortiz is admitted as a licensed attorney to the Texas Bar! Mr. Ortiz and the experienced legal team at Ortiz Law Firm can represent individuals anywhere in Texas, and we’ll explain to you why.
We Represent Long Term Disability Claimants in Austin, TX
Ortiz Law Firm is based primarily in Pensacola, Florida, but because most group plans are governed by ERISA, Nick Ortiz can handle a disability claim anywhere in the United States. In fact, he has represented claimants from most states in the U.S.
The reason why Nick Ortiz can represent people anywhere in the country is that most long-term disability claims (not all, but most) are governed by a federal regulation called ERISA. Under ERISA disability law, you do not have the right to a jury trial, and in most claims, you do not have the right to engage in extensive discovery. At the end of the day, that means most of the case is paper-driven, involving a lot of brief writing and a lot of correspondence by mail. There are very few court appearances required, and as a result, our lawyers can handle a federal court case anywhere in Texas.
In terms of communicating with you, the legal team at Ortiz Law Firm uses an electronic signature service for a lot of correspondence, and we e-mail and fax and communicate by phone, so everything can be done without ever stepping foot into your lawyer’s office.
We evaluate each claim on a case-by-case basis. Nick Ortiz can either file a lawsuit in your local federal court or he can file a lawsuit here in the state of Florida. Again, what we do is evaluate each case on a case-by-case basis.
Austin, TX Courts, Government, and Department of Insurance Information
United States District Court | Western District of Texas
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Official government website for the State of Texas
Our Austin, TX Long Term Disability Lawyer Will Fight for the Benefits You Deserve
The long and short of it is you should not allow our geographic location to limit your contacting us to see what we can do to help you. If your LTD claim was wrongfully denied, delayed, or terminated and you’d like to speak to an experienced Long-Term Disability Insurance Attorney contact us online or call (866) 853-7756 to schedule a free consultation. We can help you evaluate your claim to determine if you will be able to access Long-Term Disability Benefits and how to move forward with the process.
Austin Social Security Disability Lawyer
In addition to our long-term disability practice, we also handle Austin Social Security Disability Insurance claims. Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program, so a Social Security Disability lawyer can help disabled individuals anywhere in the country. We assist Social Security Disability claimants with the trial phase of a claim, which includes initial applications, requests for reconsideration (if applicable), and hearings before an administrative law judge. The SSA is now conducting hearings over the phone and using Microsoft Teams, neither you nor your Social Security Disability lawyer will have to travel for the hearing.
How Do Social Security Disability Lawyers Get Paid?
Usually, a Social Security Disability lawyer will operate on a contingency fee agreement where you only pay an attorney’s fee if your claim is successful. Typically, the fee is 25% of any past-due Social Security Disability benefits awarded by the SSA (up to a maximum of $6,000). This is the fee agreement the Social Security Disability lawyers at Ortiz Law Firm use for our Austin Social Security Disability claims, so you can seek out help from an expert in Social Security Disability law without taking any financial risks.
Austin, TX SSA Locations and Resources
Directions to the local Social Security Administration Offices in Austin TX
Information about the local Office of Hearing Operations / Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (Dallas Downtown)
Top 10 Mistakes Social Security Disability Claimants Make
Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with an Austin Disability Lawyer
If you’re in Austin, Texas, and unable to work due to an illness or injury, you should contact our office right away to discuss your rights under current disability law with an experienced Austin disability attorney. A disability lawyer at our firm will help you determine what benefits you may be eligible to receive from your disability insurance company and/or the Social Security Administration. Our primary practice areas are all related to disability insurance and Social Security Disability, so you can be confident that our lawyers have the legal expertise to help you get the benefits you deserve.
If your disability insurance claim has been denied or terminated, we can assist you in preparing and filing any administrative appeals process and, if necessary, filing a lawsuit against the insurance company. If you need help with a Social Security Disability claim, whether it be filing an application for benefits or filing an appeal, we can assist you. A Social Security Disability lawyer at Ortiz Law Firm can assist you at any point in the trial phase of the process (from initial application to an ALJ hearing).
Nick Ortiz, a Board-Certified Austin Social Security Disability Lawyer, and founder of the Ortiz Law Firm, will only get paid if you win your case. You can seek help without worrying about upfront costs or unexpected bills. Our legal team will focus on your case so you can focus on your illness. Contact our office at (866) 853-7756 for a free consultation.