When you suffered the injury that led to your disability, you were at a loss. You didn’t know how to work things out to make staying gainfully employed a possibility.
Then, someone told you that you should file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. You knew you had the option, but you aren’t sure that it’s right for you or that you’ll be able to qualify. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration does provide a significant amount of information on disability benefits for people in your situation.
What is the Social Security Administration’s definition of a disability?
For a disability to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you will need to show that you aren’t able to work the way you did in the past. You’ll need to show that your disability stops you from making changes or adding new skills so that you can do new kinds of work. You also have to show that your disability will last at least 12 months or result in your eventual death.
If you can do these things, then the Social Security Administration may be able to approve your claim, but the application you turn in needs to be thorough. It’s not unusual for people to receive denial letters as a result of incomplete applications or errors.
The Social Security Administration is strict about its rules and does not provide support for short-term disability issues.
How much can you earn while on disability?
While you’re working in 2020, you can earn no more than $1,260 on average each month and continue to receive Social Security Disability benefits payments. If you earn less than that, then you may still be able to qualify, even if you still work part-time.
If you’re struggling to get your disability claim approved, an experienced attorney may be able to help.