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Applying for SSDI & SSI

Applying for SSDI & SSI Benefits

Attorneys for SSDI & SSI Applications in Davenport, IA & Throughout the midwest

Navigating the world of Social Security benefits can be complicated. Understanding the core differences between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is crucial. 

SSDI is designed for individuals who have previously worked and paid into the Social Security system through payroll taxes. Eligibility is based on work credits earned through past employment. 

In contrast, SSI is a needs-based program targeting individuals with limited income and resources, regardless of their work history. Both programs aim to provide financial support to individuals with disabilities, but their eligibility criteria and benefits differ significantly.

At Bowman, DePree & Murphy, our firm is devoted entirely to helping individuals with the SSDI and SSI application process and appeals. With 60 years of combined experience in this field, our team is highly qualified in Social Security benefits law and procedures. If you need help applying for benefits or if your application has been denied, we can provide effective legal representation to increase your chances of a positive outcome. Our Davenport office serves clients in Clinton County, IA; Muscatine County, IA; Rock Island County, IL; and Scott County, IA.

Connect with Bowman, DePree & Murphy online or at (563) 412-4755 to book a free initial consultation with a Davenport lawyer for SSDI and SSI applications. 

Stay In The Know

  • When Should I Apply for Benefits?
    Unless you have an obvious long-term disability, the best time to apply for Social Security disability benefits is 6-9 months after you stop working.
  • When Do You Suggest I Hire a Lawyer?
    Most claimants wait until their claims are denied on reconsideration before hiring a lawyer. Most observers agree this timing works well because it is at a hearing that having a lawyer truly makes a difference.
  • When Am I Likely to Receive a Hearing?
    It can take up to two years from request until a hearing is held and a decision issued, but the time varies from state to state.

The  SSDI & SSI  Application Process 

Applying for SSDI or SSI benefits can be daunting, but understanding each step can ease the journey. Our firm can help you at every stage of the process. You can start by consulting with an attorney at our firm to discuss your condition, employment history, and financial situation. This helps us determine eligibility. 

The process includes the following:

  • Collect documentation:
    • For SSDI: Gather your work history, medical records, and other documents proving your disability and that you paid Social Security taxes.
    • For SSI: Collect financial documents, including income statements, asset information, medical records, and other evidence demonstrating financial need and disability.
  • Complete the application: Accurately fill out the SSDI or SSI application form, providing detailed information to ensure nothing is overlooked. We can assist in seeing that your forms are comprehensive and correct.
  • Apply: Applications can be submitted online through the Social Security Administration (SSA} website, by mail, or in person at a local SSA office. We can help ensure that your application is submitted correctly and timely.
  • Social Security Administration (SSA) review: The SSA will review your submission, which may include additional evaluations and consultations with their medical professionals.
  • Decision: The SSA will decide on your eligibility and the benefits amount. If approved, you will start to receive benefits shortly. 

If your application is denied, do not be disheartened. Our legal team can immediately begin crafting a strong appeal, presenting new evidence, or addressing shortcomings in your initial application. 

The appeals process might involve several stages, including reconsideration, a hearing before an administrative law judge, and potentially further reviews. We provide competent legal representation at each stage. 

The Value of Disability Benefits 

SSDI and SSI disability benefits play a critical role in supporting disabled individuals by providing financial assistance, access to healthcare, and other essential resources. The financial support helps you cover basic living expenses, such as housing, food, utilities, and clothing. They provide access to healthcare services, medications, and treatments that would otherwise be unaffordable. This coverage is crucial for managing health conditions and improving quality of life. 

Disability benefits can give you independence, enable you to participate in community activities, and access assistive medical devices. In cases where you require assistance with daily activities, these benefits can alleviate the financial burden on family members who serve as caregivers. They also help reduce the risk of social isolation and exclusion that you may face. 

Our Legal Representation

The SSDI and SSI application process is complex and has a high denial rate. Working with an experienced attorney can be a game-changer, saving you time and stress and making your initial application thorough and complete. 

Our team understands Social Security Administration regulations, paperwork, and deadlines, guiding you through the process at each step. We can help collect and organize essential medical records, treatment histories, and other evidence to strengthen your case. 

Our representation can reduce anxiety about the process, allowing you to focus on your health, family, and other life matters. Individuals represented by attorneys generally have a higher approval rate. However, if your application is denied, we can formulate effective appeal strategies to improve your odds of a favorable outcome. 

Reach us online or at (563) 412-4755 to make a free consultation appointment with a Davenport lawyer for SSDI and SSI applications. 

Hear From Our Happy Clients

See Why We Will Make a Difference for Your Case & Get You the Rights You Deserve.
    "I cannot say enough positive things about having Thad Murphy as my disability lawyer."
    He walked me thru each step of the process and made sure everything was in order and ready for my appeal. I spoke to many different lawyers before I decided to go with Mr. Murphy and I think it was one of the most important decisions I ever made.
    - Tim S.
    "I could never have done it again or been successful without Mr. Murphy's help.& dedication to his clients."
    I tried 10+ years to get my disability only to be told No over and over. I was frustrated, worried, and tired of trying & fighting only to be told NO yet again. A friend told me about Bowman, DePree & Murphy in Davenport. I'd heard the name in pass
    - Charity M.
    "I can now rest my head."
    I just like to thank you Michael Dupree for being my savior which has changed my life for the better unfortunately disability is a part now but thanks to you.
    - Nathaniel L.
    "Great Disability attorney! My decision to work with Mr. Thad Murphy was life changing, at the right time."
    Mr. Murphy was able to get my disability on the first appeal and charged a very fair rate which was under the cap from my settlement of back pay from being off for five years.
    - Benjamin B.
    "I love this place!"
    They helped me out with my disability when I couldn't get it on my own. Thank you so much y'all!
    - Tammy H.
    "I only wish I would have reached out sooner. Fair, Honest, and will work for your Win."
    HIGHLY RECOMMEND this Office!! My case was very complex, and had me exhausted. I had been looking for the right Attorney, and found him right here. Thad Murphy handled my case in an amazing amount of time.
    - Sandra R.
    "Everything you would expect."
    Did a great job with explaining the steps we need to take to secure our future and our children.
    - Amy S.
    "I would recommend him or this office to anyone who needs help!"
    I had the honor to work with Mr. Murphy. He handled my disability case. He is very understanding and is there if you have questions.
    - Amber W.
    "They got my disability for me very quickly."
    So very pleased! I referred 5 friends to them and they got their disability for them as well! Two from Davenport area, and three in Burlington!! GREAT ATTORNEYS!!! I'm still recommending them!
    - Melody L.

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