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Working While Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

Can I Work While Receiving Social Security Payments?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides benefits for injured and ill people based on their inability to continue performing the demands of their job or adjust to other comparable work. Generally speaking, if you are able to work, you are not eligible for disability benefits. However, in some circumstances, you may work a maximum of 20 hours a week and retain access to your benefits.

What if I Start Feeling Better After I Begin Receiving Disability Benefits?

Just because you are currently receiving Social Security Disability benefits does not mean you are required to stay at home if you begin to heal or feel better. If you decide to go back to work after you begin receiving benefits, be advised that there are limitations on the amount you can earn if you expect to continue receiving help from the SSA. Typically, you cannot earn more than $1,090 per month. If you earn more than that, the SSA will likely determine that you are no longer disabled and, therefore, no longer in need of disability payments.

In unique circumstances, you may be able to make more than $1,090 per month for an agreed upon amount of time while getting back on your feet or figuring out if you are really ready to rejoin the work force.

What to Do if You Go Back to Work and the SSA Halts Your Disability Benefits

Fortunately, you will still continue to receive Social Security Disability payments for 2 months after receiving official notification that you no longer qualify for benefits. This gives you plenty of time to counteract the SSA’s decision, if you wish to do so.

If you receive notice that you will no longer receive disability benefits and you feel the decision has been made in error, you must file an appeal with the SSA within 10 days of receiving notice. Filing an appeal allows you to continue receiving benefits until your appeal can be addressed, but you may have to pay back the total amount received during your appeal process if a judge decides that you are not genuinely disabled.

We Handle Social Security Disability Matters for Workers in Orange County

At Humphrey & Associates, we provide skillful, effective representation for people who are seeking to secure fair compensation from the Social Security Administration. Social Security is a complex system, but we understand it well, and we may be able to help you navigate your claim in a way that will improve your chances of receiving the benefits you need for as long as you need them. We have served many people facing disabilities of many kinds and many others who have made successful appeals to the Social Security Administration regarding continuation of benefits, allowances for continued work, and more. If you need an advocate to help you ensure you are fairly compensation, we may be able to help you make it happen.

Call (844) 612-5800 today to speak to a member of our team and schedule your free consultation with an Orange County Social Security Disability lawyer.