Do I actually have to quit my job before filling for disability?

This question was recently asked. In this instance, the person had the condition ankylosing sponditlitis and stated it was very hard to work even with meds.

You can get disability for any medical condition that has been established by treatment records as long as the condition meets the SSA definition of disability, meaning that it has lasted, or will last, for at least one year.

The condition must also be found to be severe enough to prevent the individual from being able to work and earn a substantial and gainful income while doing their past work or while doing any other type of work activity at that level.

So, a person can get disability for ankylosing spondylitis. A person would not necessarily have to be quit their job to file for disability, but their earnings (gross monthly earnings) would have to be under the SGA limit for earnings.

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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