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Missing work for at least a year due to a disability can lead to many stressful and frustrating circumstances. Going through the Social Security Disability Insurance process without a skilled Iowa disability lawyer can be even more frustrating. Hugh can help guide you through a complex and convoluted system so you can pursue the money you need. We understand this has not been an easy experience for you, which is why we take a caring approach to helping our clients. Our Iowa social security disability lawyers can help you navigate laws around disability assistance.

Learn how you can put our century’s worth of experience on your side by calling our disability lawyers in Iowa for a free consultation at (855) 801-1633.

What Is The Difference Between SSI And SSDI?

While both SSI and SSDI are programs that the Social Security Administration offers to supplement the income of those who are unable to work due to medical disabilities, they serve two populations. 

SSI vs. SSDI

  • SSI
    • Intended for those with low income and who have not worked enough to earn the credits needed to qualify for SSDI
    • Eligibility:
      • Not based on work history; available for those who do not qualify for SSDI and have limited income and resources (cash or property)
      • The person must be 65 years of age or older or blind (any age) or have a disability (any age)
      • Must have $2,000 or less in cash or combined bank accounts
      • The value of a home is considered separately and will not disqualify a person from receiving SSI
      • Automobiles with a fair market value of up to $4,500 will not be included in a person’s resources
    • Benefits begin the first full month after the date the claim was filed, or if later, the date when the person was found to be eligible for SSI
  • SSDI
    • Intended for those who have worked and can no longer work due to a physical or mental disability
    • Available for those who contributed through taxable income or have earned enough work credits; 20 or more “quarters of coverage” within the last 10 years and you are fully insured
    • Benefits begin on the 6th full month of disability. The 6th month period begins with the first full month after the date the Social Security Administration decides that the disability began.

The difference between SSI and SSDI is that SSI is determined based on a person’s age/disability as well as their limited income and resources. SSDI is determined based on a person’s disability and work credits.

How Many Hours Can You Work on SSI in Iowa?

The rules regarding working while on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be complex and may vary based on factors such as income, disabilities, and specific state regulations. Typically, there are limits on both the amount of money you can earn and the number of hours you can work while still receiving SSI benefits. In the case of Iowa, it's important to note that the number of hours you work may matter less than how much you earn per month. Self-employed individuals, for instance, may be subject to limitations, such as not working over 45 hours per month.


For precise and personalized advice based on individual circumstances, it's advisable to consult with a qualified legal professional in Iowa. 

How is “Disability” Defined?

The Social Security Administration has a specific definition for “disability”. It is based on your capacity to work and the expected duration of your disability. When applying for SSD, you must submit medical records as proof. You will not be eligible for SSD if your disability is temporary or partial.

Have questions about SSDI? Speak with an Iowa social security disability lawyer at Beecher, Field, Walker, Morris, Hoffman & Johnson, PC! Dial (855) 801-1633.

Commonly Asked Questions

How can Hugh Field assist with my Social Security Disability claim in Iowa?

Hugh Field and his team of lawyers in Iowa offer guidance through the complex Social Security Disability process, aiming to help you secure the benefits you need. With a caring approach and a wealth of experience, they can navigate the intricate laws surrounding disability assistance, ensuring that your claim is handled efficiently and effectively. Their goal is to alleviate the stress of the process and work towards a favorable outcome for your situation.

Can I work while receiving SSI benefits in Iowa, and if so, what are the limitations?

While receiving SSI benefits in Iowa, you may be able to work, but there are limitations on how much you can earn. The Social Security Administration has specific rules regarding income limits and the number of hours you can work without affecting your SSI benefits. For example, self-employed individuals should not work over 45 hours per month. Since these rules can be complex and vary based on individual circumstances, it's advisable to consult with a legal professional in Iowa for personalized advice.

Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability?

Hugh can review your specific situation and help you determine if you meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disabled. From there, we can help you file a claim and provide legal counsel that is focused on representing your best interest.

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Learn how you can put our century’s worth of experience on your side by calling our Iowa disability lawyers for a FREE consultation at (855) 801-1633.

 

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    Comprehensive Social Security Disability Guidance in Eastern Iowa

    Missing work for at least a year due to a disability can lead to many stressful and frustrating circumstances. Going through the Social Security Disability Insurance process without a skilled Iowa disability lawyer can be even more frustrating. Hugh can help guide you through a complex and convoluted system so you can pursue the money you need. We understand this has not been an easy experience for you, which is why we take a caring approach to helping our clients. Our Iowa social security disability lawyers can help you navigate laws around disability assistance.

    Learn how you can put our century’s worth of experience on your side by calling our disability lawyers in Iowa for a free consultation at (855) 801-1633.

    What Is The Difference Between SSI And SSDI?

    While both SSI and SSDI are programs that the Social Security Administration offers to supplement the income of those who are unable to work due to medical disabilities, they serve two populations. 

    Comparing SSI and SSDI Eligibility and Benefits

    • SSI
      • Intended for those with low income and who have not worked enough to earn the credits needed to qualify for SSDI
      • Eligibility:
        • Not based on work history; available for those who do not qualify for SSDI and have limited income and resources (cash or property)
        • The person must be 65 years of age or older or blind (any age) or have a disability (any age)
        • Must have $2,000 or less in cash or combined bank accounts
        • The value of a home is considered separately and will not disqualify a person from receiving SSI
        • Automobiles with a fair market value of up to $4,500 will not be included in a person’s resources
      • Benefits begin the first full month after the date the claim was filed, or if later, the date when the person was found to be eligible for SSI
    • SSDI
      • Intended for those who have worked and can no longer work due to a physical or mental disability
      • Available for those who contributed through taxable income or have earned enough work credits; 20 or more “quarters of coverage” within the last 10 years and you are fully insured
      • Benefits begin on the 6th full month of disability. The 6th month period begins with the first full month after the date the Social Security Administration decides that the disability began.

    The difference between SSI and SSDI is that SSI is determined based on a person’s age/disability as well as their limited income and resources. SSDI is determined based on a person’s disability and work credits.

    How Many Hours Can You Work on SSI in Iowa?

    The rules regarding working while on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be complex and may vary based on factors such as income, disabilities, and specific state regulations. Typically, there are limits on both the amount of money you can earn and the number of hours you can work while still receiving SSI benefits. In the case of Iowa, it's important to note that the number of hours you work may matter less than how much you earn per month. Self-employed individuals, for instance, may be subject to limitations, such as not working over 45 hours per month.


    For precise and personalized advice based on individual circumstances, it's advisable to consult with a qualified legal professional in Iowa. 

    Defining "Disability" for Social Security Benefits

    The Social Security Administration has a specific definition for “disability”. It is based on your capacity to work and the expected duration of your disability. When applying for SSD, you must submit medical records as proof. You will not be eligible for SSD if your disability is temporary or partial.

    Have questions about SSDI? Speak with an Iowa social security disability lawyer at Beecher, Field, Walker, Morris, Hoffman & Johnson, PC! Dial (855) 801-1633.

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    If you are unable to continue working due to an injury or disability, it is important to remember that you have options. Attorney Hugh Field works tirelessly to ensure that you and your family have access to the resources you need. Whether you are applying for the first time and need help filling out the proper paperwork, or you have been denied and are looking for guidance through the appeals process, our Iowa disability lawyer is committed to providing high-quality legal services.

    Hugh offers his services, backed by over 50 years of experience, to clients in Waterloo and beyond. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the laws surrounding Social Security Disability and can help clients to navigate this complex environment with deft skill. He takes great pride in the assistance he is able to provide clients and works tirelessly to help families live normal lives following disability or injury.

     

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