J. Brandt Thorson has extensive experience handling social security benefits claims for East Texans who have an injury, illness or medical condition that entitles them and their eligible family members to seek benefits through the Unites States Social Security Administration (“SSA”).

These types of claims include but may not be limited to:  Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (“DIB” or Title II benefits), Supplemental Security Income (“SSI” or Title XVI benefits), Survivors, and Disabled widow/widower benefits.

Longview social security disability lawyer J. Brandt Thorson focuses his practice primarily on claims for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits, but may be able to assist you in claims you or your have for other available benefits during the course of your DIB claim. Social Security pays only for total disability. No benefits are payable for partial disability or for short-term disabilities. "Disability" under Social Security is based on your inability to work.

The SSA considers you disabled under Social Security rules if:

  • You cannot do work that you did before;
  • They decide that you cannot adjust to other work because of your medical condition(s); and
  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.

This is a strict definition of disability, but do not be discouraged. Attorney J. Brandt Thorson is experienced in helping individuals gather the proper evidence to present their claims to the SSA. Unfortunately, the SSA denies a large number of initial claims for disability and an appeal of a denial is complex. However, Mr. Thorson can put his experience to work and help you address any denials in your DIB claim.

It may be necessary to proceed through the SSA’s reconsideration process and on to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge who will make a new and independent decision on your claim.  Attorney Thorson has handled dozens of Administrative Law Judge Hearings before the Offices of Disability Adjudication and Review in Dallas , Tyler, Paris, and Texarkana, Texas and also Shreveport, Louisiana.

The social security administration has a very informative website, located at:


Social Security Attorney Brandt Thorson encourages you to take a look at the site and will probably also advise you to file your initial claim through the website. If you wonder whether you are even eligible for SSA benefits, you may check your eligibility status for social security benefits here:


If you believe you are eligible for social security benefits, please do not hesitate to contact J. Brandt Thorson, PLLC at 903-758-4878 to set up a free consultation regarding your claim.