SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers
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?
More questions about SSD and SSI
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
What is an unsuccessful work attempt ?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
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).
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