If you are disabled from an accident, you can work under some circumstances and still receive Social Security Disability benefits. Furthermore, Social Security provides work incentives and programs that can help you work if you need a job. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has set aside provisions for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), even if you currently have a job.
As presented by the SSA, work incentives may include:
- Temporary cash benefits to supplement what you are already making right now
- Medicare or Medicaid benefits
- Assistance with professional training, rehabilitation, job referrals, or education
If you have questions about working on Social Security Disability benefits, call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 for a free case review.
Social Security Work Incentives You May Receive
The Social Security Administration wants to help individuals who need assistance due to a disability but still wish to work. As such, they have implemented the following incentives for individuals and families:
Trial Work Period
SSA offers a trial work period. After you complete the five-month waiting period, you can work for nine months while assessing your capabilities and skills. During your trial period, you still qualify for full Social Security benefits regardless of your level of income.
Extended Period of Eligibility
If you do not meet Social Security guidelines that allow some work and your disability entitlement is terminated, then you can extend your period of eligibility for up to 36 months. You do not need to fill out a new application. You need to contact Social Security and if you meet the program requirements, your benefits will be automatically reinstated.
If your benefits suddenly stop because you have exceeded your monthly income limit, then SSA grants you five years to re-apply for benefits. If you suddenly stop working due to your disability, SSA can review your situation and reinstate your benefits.as long as you meet Social Security guidelines.
Continuation of Medicare
In addition to your social security benefits, you may also be eligible to receive Medicare Part A for up to 93 months. Once the period ends, you can elect to purchase Medicare Part A or Part B coverage and pay the monthly premium to receive the benefit.
Whether you work at home or on-site for an employer, you may need certain items that assist you as you complete your work. If so, SSA may be able to help you deduct these expenses from your monthly earnings and help you meet the income guidelines to continue to be eligible for benefits.
For a free case review and to discuss your options about working part-time on Social Security Disability benefits, call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 today.
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Reporting Changes in Your Disability Status
There may be changes in your current situation after you receive your disability benefits. If so, you are required to report these changes to your SSA representative. From theSSA website, changes that you are required to report include:
- Changes in your personal or household income if you are on SSI
- If you start or stop work for any reason
- The conditions (pay, duties, hours) at your current job change
- You start paying for job-related expenses
It is important to report these changes as they happen without delay. Failing to do so can cause you to lose your disability benefits. Remember, if you lose your job, SSA will reinstate your full disability benefits under some circumstances.
What To Do if You Receive a Denial
SSA may deny your disability claim. However, you can appeal your case. As stated from the SSA, you have 60 days to appeal. So, it is important to get your paperwork in as soon as possible. If SSA rejects your appeal, you may feel that there is nothing you can do about your case. However, SSA’s decision is not always final. So, if you receive a denial on your claim, you may still have legal options.
First, you may want to consult a Social Security Disability benefits lawyer. A lawyer can manage your case and help you in the following ways:
- Investigate your accident to find out the facts of the case
- Submit all documents to SSA or the insurer
- Communicate with all parties on your behalf
- Fight for a settlement or disability benefits
- Handle your entire case from start to finish
You may be unable to file a claim for your benefits if you are disabled or in recovery from an accident. A legal team can manage your case and handle all the clerical duties. Furthermore, a lawyer can also help you if you are in a legal battle with a third party that is responsible for your injuries.
Contact a Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer
Now is the time to get your social security disability appeals process started. A Social Security Disability benefits lawyer can help you with your case. Our law firm has helped clients just like you get the disability benefits they need for their injuries. To learn more about working while on Social Security Disability benefits, call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 for a free case review.