Earnings over a certain amount can stop disability benefits

I had a disability hearing and was told I was granted my SSDI but have not received my award letter yet. Can I work at this point and make over the SGA pay? Would this be considered a trial work period?

I would warn you that if you work at an SGA level anytime within the first twelve months after being approved for disability, your approval may be overturned to a denial. If you are able work at an SGA level within a year of being approved this may be considered an indication of medical improvement.

I would not be able to advise you at this point as you were just approved for disability. Contact your local Social Security office to report you work activity should you decided to go this route and they can explain the rules to you.

I have included links below that describe SGA, trial work months, and how work activity is viewed.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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