Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that provides
wage supplementation benefits to help you financially when a disability
impacts your ability to work. While some disabilities may certainly be
severe, permanent, and cause for preventing any form work, other disabilities
may still allow a person to engage in some type of employment.
Whether you are able to work while receiving SSDI benefits will depend
largely on the individual facts of your case, including the nature of
your disability and whether you are able to perform some type of work.
This is why our Detroit Social Security disability lawyers at Goodman
Acker, P.C. focus on working closely with clients, personally reviewing
the facts of their case, and determining what rules, options, and protocol
apply to a given situation. While we encourage you to discuss your unique
disability with a member of our team, we also want to provide some general
facts about working and Social Security disability.
Generally, you can work to an extent and still be potentially eligible
to receive Social Security disability benefits. This is provided that
you are working below the substantial gainful activity level (SGA). As
defined by the Social Security Administration in 2016, substantial gainful
activity is working (full or part-time) and making more than $1,130 per
month or $1,820.00 if you are blind.
You may also have the option of attempting to return to employment where
your earnings exceeded the substantial gainful activity level in a trial
work attempt, which can allow you to continue receiving disability benefits.
Essentially, Social Security will allow a person nine months for a trial
work attempt. For any month an individual’s monthly income exceeds
the SGA levels, he or she will not be eligible to receive an SSDI payment
for that particular month. If during this trial work attempt, monthly
income does not exceed SGA levels, the individual is entitled to SSDI.
It is important to note that if your disability benefits are halted because
you are earning above the substantial gainful activity level, you will
have five years to reinstate benefits if you have to stop working due
to your disability. Social Security will not require you to file a new
application during this five year period and will instead initiate an
When working while receiving Social Security disability benefits, there
are important rules and requirements that must be followed. For example,
recipients of SSDI and SSI must report to Social Security if and when
they start or end any job, have any changes in their employment (duties,
pay, hours, etc.), and whether there are any disability-related work expenses.
These are work-related expenses that a person without a disability would
not have, such as special transportation or counseling, and they can be
deducted from your monthly income when your benefits are calculated.
Working while receiving
Social Security disability benefits requires insight into the many rules and procedures
that must be followed, which is why it is so important to work with an
experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights and options,
and what you need to do in order to comply and not adversely affect your
case and benefits.
For more information about working with SSDI, or to discuss your case with
a proven lawyer from our legal team,
contact Goodman Acker, P.C. for a FREE case review.