Work and Receive Benefits?
To be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits you must be unable to engage in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). In 2013, the monthly amount the SSA considers SGA is $1,040.00. If you apply for Social Security disability benefits while working full time or if your gross income exceeds $1,040.00 per month, your claim for Social Security Disability benefits will most likely be denied.
You can apply for SSD and receive benefits if your monthly income remains below the amount set forth by the SSA of $1,040.00 per month.
Trial Work Period
The Social Security Administration offers a Trial Work Period for claimants receiving benefits who would like to return to the work force. Many of our clients would like to return to the workforce, but their disabilities make that impossible. For our clients whose conditions improve, the Trial Work Period is an opportunity for them to try to work again while still receiving their disability benefits.
If you are receiving benefits, you can participate in a trial work period of up to 9 non-consecutive months out of a rolling 60 month time period. In 2013, any month where earnings exceed $750 will be counted as a month of your trial work period. If you are eligible for the trial work period you will be considered disabled by the Social Security Administration and you will continue to receive your monthly checks and health care. The Social Security Administration also offers employment support services.
If you have questions about work and SSD benefits, it is a good idea to contact a lawyer with experience in these matters. Call Berger and Green at (412) 661-1400 or contact us online for a free consultation.
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