What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
If I am determined disabled, how far back will Social Security pay benefits?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits
How to File for Disability - Tips for Filing
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much does a Social Security disability attorney get paid?
Social Security Disability SSI Criteria and the Evaluation Process
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Social Security Disability SSI and Degenerative Disc Disease
Can I Qualify For Disability and Receive Benefits based on Depression?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
What Disabilities Qualify for SSI and Social Security Disability Benefits?
Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability Tips — how a claim gets worked on
Social Security Disability, SSI Disability - Terms, Definitions, Concepts
Does social security care if you are working when you are applying for disability?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
It's very typical for social security representatives and even employees of the social security adminstration to respond to this question by stating that, no, an individual who is filing for disability cannot be working when they apply. However, that answer is only partially correct at best. In literal terms, it is quite wrong.
Can you work and apply for disability? Yes, as long as your earnings are not in excess of the earnings limit, otherwise known as the substantial gainful activity amount, or SGA amount. As long as a person's earnings are less than this amount, they can file a claim for disability benefits under the social security disability or SSI disability program. In fact, an individual who has already been approved for SSD or SSI disability benefits can also work, as long as their gross monthly earnings are less than the SGA amount that is in effect for a given year.
What happens if you apply for disability at a social security office and you have earnings in excess of the SGA limit? Even if an application is technically taken, it will not be processed. That is, it will not be assigned to a disability examiner who would ordinarily request medical records and evaluate them.
What happens if you are receiving disability benefits and you have earnings in excess of the SGA limit? It may cause you to go through what are known as your trial work months and it may trigger a work review of your claim.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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