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SSDI & SSI Qualifications

SSDI &SSI Qualification Lawyers in Davenport, IA 

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can be complex and challenging, mainly due to stringent criteria and comprehensive documentation requirements. Many applicants are denied benefits on their initial application. This can occur for various reasons, from inaccurate information to insufficient medical records and failure to meet deadlines. 

At Bowman, DePree & Murphy, we understand the hurdles you face and are committed to helping you navigate the system to maximize your chances of approval. Because our firm is exclusively dedicated to assisting individuals in securing these federal benefits, we can provide advantageous guidance from the initial application to the appeals process. 

Our legal team has assisted thousands of clients over many decades in securing the benefits they need. We serve clients in Davenport and those in Clinton County, IA, Muscatine County, IA, Rock Island County, IL, and Scott County, IA.

Reserve your appointment for a free case review with a Davenport attorney for SSDI and SSI qualification by calling (563) 412-4755. You can also reach Bowman, DePree & Murphy online.

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.

What Are the Challenges to Qualifying for SSDI & SSI?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has rigorous medical requirements that must be met. Your condition must significantly impair your ability to work and perform daily activities. Detailed medical records, consistent healthcare provider evaluations, and exhaustive personal documentation are essential to support your claim. You must demonstrate that your disability has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death and that it's severe enough to prevent substantial gainful activity (SGA).

Initial claims for SSDI and SSI have relatively high denial rates, often due to incomplete applications or insufficient supporting evidence. If your initial application is denied, navigating the appeals process can be daunting without legal knowledge or experience.

SSDI Qualifications

To qualify for SSDI, you must meet medical and non-medical criteria. You must have earned enough work credits, generally having worked at least five of the last 10 years in jobs covered by Social Security. Your condition must meet the SSA’s definition of disability, which is severe and long-term and prevents you from performing gainful activities.

You must prove that the disability prevents you from doing the work you did before and that you cannot adjust to other work due to your medical condition(s).

The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a comprehensive List of Impairments, sometimes called the "Blue Book." The List categorizes various medical conditions that are considered severe enough to qualify. This list is a helpful guide for applicants and their healthcare providers, detailing the specific criteria required for each condition to meet the SSA’s definition of disability. 

Qualifications for SSI

SSI qualifications focus more on financial needs and medical criteria than work history. Your income and resources must be below certain limits set by the SSA. SSI is designed to assist individuals with limited income and assets. 

As with SSDI, you must have a disability that meets the SSA’s definition and is severe enough to prevent substantial gainful activities. You must be a U.S. citizen or meet specific categories of non-citizenship status and reside in the United States or the Northern Mariana Islands.

Increase Your Chances of Qualifying for SSDI or SSI

You can increase your chances of qualifying for SSDI and SSI benefits through thorough preparation and application. Ensure that all medical records, doctor’s notes, test results, and treatment histories are complete and demonstrate the severity and duration of your condition. Regular visits to your healthcare providers and adherence to prescribed treatments can substantiate the credibility of your claim.

Carefully complete all forms with accurate and comprehensive information. Omitting details can lead to unintentional denials. Our experienced Davenport SSDI and SSI qualification attorneys can provide invaluable guidance. We are diligent in thoroughly preparing and documenting your application so that it is aligned with SSA’s requirements.

It is vital to stay in contact with your healthcare providers and our team so that any new medical developments or additional evidence are promptly reported and included in your case file.

Our Davenport lawyers are here to support you through the application and appeals process. Our role is to enhance your likelihood of securing benefits. 

Take advantage of our abundant knowledge and experience in SSDI and SSI qualifications. Contact Bowman, DePree & Murphy online or at (563) 412-4755 for legal help today. 

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.
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