Can I Work and Still Get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

The David Law FirmThe short answer is Yes, but deserves a bit of explanation.

First, a definition of Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA):  SGA is work that brings in over a certain dollar amount per month ($1,040 in 2013).  The Social Security Administration (SSA) figures if a person is able to earn a certain amount of money (SGA), then he or she must not be disabled and therefore should not collect benefits.

But, SSA allows disabled and injured folks to engage in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) during what is known as a trial work program.

trial work program is a 9 month period during which an injured or disabled individual is actually encouraged to try to do work within his or her physical and mental limitations.  The trial period gives the worker 9 months to test out his or her ability to work — without the worry that benefits will be cut off as he or she tests the waters, so to speak.  Any month during which a worker earns $750 or more (or if self employed works 80 hours or more OR earns $750) is considered a trial work month.

Call The David Law Firm (843-488-1415) to evaluate your specific disability options.


Posted on October 15, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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