Social Security Disability Benefits and Work — Some Things To Consider

Aug 22, 2014 | WC & Other Laws

A very common question people have is: Can I draw Social Security disability benefits and still work?  The answer is yes, within certain limits.  If you work full time and/or make $1040 gross per month in 2013 then regardless of the severity of your disability, Social Security will not find you disabled.  Under SSA’s rules working full time or making $1040 gross monthly (in 2013) is considered Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA).  Anyone engaging in SGA cannot be found disabled by Social Security and paid disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income payments.

If you work LESS than 40 hours per week AND your monthly wages are LESS than $1040 gross, then your work is not considered SGA by Social Security and you could draw Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income payments if found disabled. Self employed individuals have the same SGA amount but it is the net earnings after expenses. SSA usually raises the monthly SGA amount each year. For individuals who receive Supplemental Security Income benefits, any earnings over $85 per month could potentially affect your benefits.

Getting Social Security Disability or SSI can be a long and complicated process.  Having an experienced knowledgeable attorney helping you through the process can make the difference between getting benefits and losing your claim.  Call us at 303-780-7329 or click HERE to arrange for your FREE CONSULTATION.  We help disabled individuals all over the United States obtain the benefits they deserve.