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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 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?