Social Security Disability

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Filing For Social Security Disability?

Hugh Field Helps Clients throughout Waterloo, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, & Iowa City, Dubuque and all of 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. 


  • 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 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.


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.

We are here to help our clients with:

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  • “They will always find someone to represent you and make sure you are equally treated.”

    - Joseph H.

    Understanding the Social Security Disability Process

    Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a complex and overwhelming process. Our experienced attorneys at Beecher, Field, Walker, Morris, Hoffman & Johnson, PC can guide you through each step of the process and ensure that you have the best chance of obtaining the benefits you deserve.

    Our team can assist you with:

    • Completing the initial application
    • Gathering necessary medical evidence
    • Preparing for disability hearings
    • Appealing denied claims

    We understand the challenges you may be facing and are here to provide the support and advocacy you need to navigate the Social Security Disability process successfully.

    Put an Aggressive & Accomplished Attorney on Your Side

    While the application process can seem daunting, anyone is able to effectively apply for their benefits. Attorney Hugh Field can use his experience to help you with the application. He knows that more than half of all claims are denied initially and he can represent you all the way to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Getting the benefits you need are critical to helping you maintain your quality of life. A trusted Iowa disability lawyer can provide you with honest and thoughtful legal advice.

    Contact us at (855) 801-1633 for more information on how we can help you with your Social Security Disability in Iowa.

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    Get the Social Security Disability You Deserve

    Committed Iowa SSD Lawyer Working for Your Needs

    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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      We do what it takes to win and don't hold anything back. Attorney Field is prepared to fight for you.

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