Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after a Denial
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
Child Disability Benefits
Qualifications and How to Qualify
Working and Disability
Disability Awards and Notices
Disability Lawyers, Hiring Attorneys
Social Security List of Conditions
What Social Security considers disabling
Medical Evidence and Disability
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSD SSI Definitions
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What is an unsuccessful work attempt?
An unsuccessful work attempt is an unsuccessful effort made by a disabled beneficiary (a person who receives social security disability or SSI disability benefits) to go back to substantial work activity (working and earning at least the SGA amount established by the social security administration---this amount changes each year), either through employment or self-employment.
An unsuccessful work attempt may last up to six months, and can be thought of as a situation in which a disabled individual either stopped working or had to reduce their work to an amount lower than SGA (possibly due to medical conditions or the removal of special considerations which enabled a disabled individual to work).
An unsuccessful work attempt may be considered during the initial claim for SSDI (Social Security disability) and during other SGA determinations for SSDI beneficiaries who are in an EPE (extended period of eligibility for disability which follows the trial work month period for thirty six months). However, for SSI disability unsuccessful work attempts may only be considered during the initial filing of a disability claim.
Classifying a period of work as an "unsuccessful work attempt" may benefit an individual who files for disability because it may remove what would otherwise be a disqualification for benefits for a certain time period. An unsuccessful work attempt may also provide such a benefit for an individual whose disability claim is subjected to a work review by the social security administration (in other words, going back to work may not count against you if the work is classified as unsuccessful).
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria