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Can I work while receiving social security disability insurance?

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2019 | Firm News |

New York residents who qualify for social security disability insurance benefits may work in a limited capacity when it does not aggravate their medical issues. To receive SSDI, you must first show a diagnosis of an impairment that prevents you from substantially carrying out your work activities. Qualifying medical issues include mental disorders, respiratory illnesses and immune system conditions.

Depending on the status of your health, you may decide to take on a part-time job until you are able to recover and return to a fulltime position. If you find a position and earn less than $880 per month, you may continue to receive SSDI, as noted by U.S. News & World Report. Responsibilities that require heavy lifting, bending or repetitive motion, however, may exasperate certain medical conditions.

You may begin to notice a change in your SSDI eligibility if your work schedule increases and you are able to perform your duties without experiencing any debilitating effects. Once you begin to earn an income between $800 and $1200 per month, the Social Security Administration may review your case and decide to place you on a trial work period. If working on a limited schedule, however, appears to worsen your impairment and you quit the job, you may not lose your disability benefits.

By monitoring your schedule and income under the rules of a trial work period, the SSA begins to evaluate your ability to return to a fulltime position. Earning an income of more than $800 per month in nine months during the trial work period of 60 months may, however, disqualify you from receiving SSDI.

The information provided is for educational purposes only and not intended as legal advice.

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