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Need Help With a Social Security Disability Claim? Don't Ever Give Up,
Because We Won't

Coats & Todd will fight for the Social Security Disability benefits you are entitled to.

SSD & SSI Lawyers Serving Dallas/Fort Worth

Thousands of SSD Cases Handled for Clients Throughout Texas

For more than 20 years, Coats & Todd has been serving people in need of assistance with their Social Security disability claims. We work with our clients at all stages of application filing and administrative review to help them get the relief they need. We understand the many challenges involved in pursuing a disability claim, and we work to help our clients overcome those challenges.

If you are seeking disability benefits, we can help you with the following and more:

  • Gathering medical evidence and paperwork
  • Arguing a case before an administrative law judge (“ALJ”)
  • Appealing an unfavorable decision in federal court

At Coats & Todd, we advocate tirelessly on behalf of injured and disabled individuals. Whether you are affected by back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, or another issue, our firm is here to serve you.

Your benefits are worth fighting for

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  • Why Hire Us?

    If you are disabled and cannot work, call us!

  • Our Philosophy

    We advocate to help you get the benefits you need.

  • Losing Isn't an Option

    Put 60 years of combined experience on your side.


The Basics of Social Security Disability

The Social Security Administration offers two programs that assist with disability benefits: Disability Insurance Benefits, and Supplemental Security Income.

Disability Insurance Benefits provide benefits for disabled workers who have worked five out of the last 10 years. To see if you qualify for Disability Insurance Benefits and to see how much you are eligible for, go to Supplemental Security Income is a needs based public assistance program. Individuals with disabilities can apply and are eligible if they meet the financial criteria.

What is Considered a Disability?

The Social Security Act defines disability as "the inability to perform substantial gainful activity for at least 12 continuous months by reason of physical and/or mental impairment." Consequently, your impairment must have kept you out of work for a year OR will keep you out of work for at least a year.

The Social Security Administration provides for disabilities including:

  • Musculoskeletal impairments
  • Speech, vision or hearing impairments
  • Chronic breathing problems
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Blood disorders
  • Neurological disorders
  • Obesity
  • Mental disorders
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Immune system disorders

Social Security will determine whether your physical and/or psychological issues interfere with your ability to work eight hours a day, five days a week, on a consistent basis.

The Social Security Disability Claims Process

Your Social Security Disability claim will be examined at three different stages:

  • Stage 1 - Initial application: The medical information will be reviewed by a doctor at the state agency. This review normally takes three to six months to reach a decision.
  • Stage 2 - Reconsideration: Again, your claim will be reviewed by a doctor at the State Agency. This review can take up to three months
  • Stage 3 - Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge: The Judge will entertain arguments by your attorney considering medical evidence and doctor opinions.

Should you be denied at the Hearing level, you can appeal to the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council can either send your claim back to the Administrative Law Judge to correct errors and reconsider your claim, OR deny your appeal. If you are denied, the next step is to file a legal claim in Federal District Court.

If you have a medical issue that is preventing you from working, our experienced team is here to help. Contact the Social Security disability lawyers from Coats & Todd today!

Client testimonials

Stories From People Who Didn't Give Up
  • “Dan was treated with such kindness from the first day he called your office!”

    - Tameka Ramos
  • “From the very moment they took my case, they were compassionate, constantly kept me notified of the process, listened to me when I had concerns and made me feel like more than just client.”

    - Shawn M.
  • “Coats and Todd attorneys go beyond the call of duty. They have the best caseworkers, who are kind, willing to listen when I was in distress. Told me anytime I needed to talk, feel free to call.”

    - George Montgomery
  • “I was dreading the necessity of hiring a lawyer for disability. Choosing Coats & Todd was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Their team was professional, courteous and always helpful.”

    - Leslie Boorman
  • “Contacting Coats and Todd to handle my disability denial was the best decision I could have made. They showed genuine concern, genuine compassion and true professionalism from start to finish.”

    - Virginia

A Reputation for Integrity & Success

At Coats & Todd, we have a long history of success in handling all types of Social Security Disability Insurance claims, including dire-need cases and hard-to-prove claims. Additionally, our Social Security disability lawyers in Fort Worth have extensive experience handling mental illness claims. We are dedicated to providing quality service to each of our clients through aggressive advocacy and compassionate representation. With over 60 years of legal experience, we are well-versed in all types of Social Security disability claims and related issues. We are more than just your attorney; we are your partner in this process, committed to helping you secure the benefits you need and deserve.

We Offer Excellent Service to Our Disabled Clients

Our attorneys have performed a substantial amount of federal court work, including representing clients in the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western district courts of Texas, as well as other federal courts throughout the country. Not all Social Security disability claims will progress to federal court, but in the event that yours does, it is crucial that you have an attorney who is experienced in federal proceedings on your side. In all cases, we strive for excellent customer service, the highest level of ethical integrity, and tireless dedication to those we represent.

Meet our Team

Over 60 Years of Combined Experience on Your Side
  • Catherine I. Coats
  • Robert H. Todd
  • Christopher L. Coats
  • Jason Blair
  • Catherine I. Coats Catherine I. Coats

    A Texas native, Catherine Coats has dedicated her legal career to assisting individuals with disabilities. Through hard work, determination, and an intense dedication to making a difference in the lives of others, she and her law partner have helped thousands obtain their disability and medical benefits.

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  • Robert H. Todd Robert H. Todd
    A native Texan, Robert Todd grew up in Freeport, the only son of a Dow Chemical electrician and a secretary. Robert's parents instilled in him the value of work, and they informed him early on that the only way he would appreciate his education was if he paid for it himself.
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  • Christopher L. Coats Christopher L. Coats
    Christopher Lawrence Coats is a second-generation attorney and native Texan. Christopher earned his bachelor’s degree at DePauw University, where he studied political science and majored in philosophy. After graduating from DePauw, Christopher enrolled in Fort Worth’s Texas A&M School of Law.
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  • Jason Blair Jason Blair
    Jason Blair is a relatively recent Texas transplant. Born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Jason attended Reitz Memorial Catholic High School and then earned his English degree in Bloomington at Indiana University. After graduating, he embarked on a half-hearted attempt to become a writer.
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Why Hire Coats & Todd?

Your Social Security Case Deserves the Best Possible Care & Attention
  • Proven Record of Results

    We have successfully handled thousands of cases in the field of SSDI throughout Texas.

  • Decades of Fighting for Clients

    We have over 60 years of combined experience serving clients in Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) claims.

  • Client-First Approach

    We strive to provide our clients with the responsive service, ethical guidance & unwavering dedication they deserve.

  • Compassionate Legal Support

    We understand how devastating a disability can be and take pride in being able to help those who cannot help themselves.

  • Federal Court Experience

    Our firm has performed a substantial amount of federal court work in Texas and throughout the country.

  • Communication You Can Count On

    We do everything we can to keep our clients informed on the status of their cases, every step of the way.

thousands of cases Just like yours

If you are experiencing a medical issue preventing you from working, our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are here to help. We have more than 60 years of combined experience serving clients in the area of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) law. Along with our experience, we have many traits that set us apart from other firms.

  • Better Business Bureau
    Better Business Bureau
  • Texas Wesleyan Law Review, 2008 - 2010
    Texas Wesleyan Law Review, 2008 - 2010
  • American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics
    American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics
  • Federal Club Human Rights Organization
    Federal Club Human Rights Organization
  • Dallas Bar Association
    Dallas Bar Association
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants
    National Organization of Social Security Claimants
  • Federal Bar Association
    Federal Bar Association
We're Here to Make A Difference

If you've been injured and cannot work, you need an experienced attorney who will do everything in his or her power to fight for a brighter future for you and your family.