How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

Can I qualify for disability if I am working?

Work is a very important eligibility requirement for qualifying for disability. Social Security’s definition of disability states that your disabling condition must have prevented you from performing SGA for twelve continuous months or your expect that it will prevent you from performing SGA-level work for twelve continuous months.

SGA is a monthly earnings limit that Social Security considers to be self-supporting. Each year the limit increases a small amount.

The SGA limit is in place not matter what your disabling condition is or how severe, in fact, your disabling condition could be terminal. If you are performing SGA your disability claim will be denied without ever being sent for a medical disability determination.

If you are working but you are not earning over the SGA limit, your disability claim will be taken and sent for a medical disability determination. A word of caution, if you are medically approved for disability, your disability claim may still be denied for performance of SGA.

In conclusion, you can qualify for disability even if you are working provided you work activity is not over the limit. SGA does not consider that you are working less hours just what you are earning.

For instance if a person is working 25 hours a week with a pay of $15.00 an hour may be over the SGA limit, while another person working 35 hours per week making $7.25 per hour may be under the limit.

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

How to qualify for disability
What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
What is considered a disability by Social Security?
How Long Does A Social Security Disability Appeal Take?
How does back pay for Social Security Disability work?
Your Social Security Disability Status
How do you find out if a disability claim has been approved or denied?
How to check Social Security Disability Status
Applying for disability, what medical conditions can you apply for?
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
How much does disability pay?
Can I get permanent Social Security Disability or SSI?
How long will it take to get a disability decision letter?
Social Security Disability and SSI Medical Exams
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security Disability?
How Long to get a Disability Hearing decision?
How long to get disability benefits after you receive an award notice?
Social Security Disability and Working
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
How Much Income Can A Person Earn If He Draws Social Security Disability?
Partial disability benefits from Social Security
Can I Qualify For Disability for Depression?

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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