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Trying to work while getting disability has risks

Here's a situation that was recently brought up:

"Well, now the good folks at Social Security are again breathing down my neck. Not that I didn't know this wouldn't happen some day. They always like to wait until one has acrued a huge debt while working or something, then say you owe them a big chunk of change! Now, I have been trying to rectify this situation for almost two years, and they repeatedly told me that everything was fine. I've been told that this happens to many people with disabilities, they want us to get jobs, but then when we do we pretty much have our legs cut out from under us."

Now, in all honesty, there are occasions in which individuals receiving social security disability or receiving SSI disability benefits wind up in situations that are their own fault. But this poster has a very valid point: the social security administration pushes the concept of disability benefit recipients returning to work. But the agency, IMO, does not do an adequate job of explaining how earned income may affect one's benefits, which can lead to any one of a number of nightmare scenarios that may involve:

1. an assessed overpayment and/or

2. a cessation of benefits.

Of course, overpayments can run into the thousands and can follow you up to and beyond retirement age (meaning, SSA can potentially recoup it all no matter how much it means that they have reduce your monthly benefit check). And a cessation of benefits can mean having to start ALL OVER again in the disability evaluation process, which these days can mean, start to finish, 3 years (meaning three years with ZERO income).

There are many individuals, including those who represent disability claims, who believe that it simply isn't worth it to try to work while you are receiving social security disability or SSI benefits, simply because the risks are too great, particularly if you receive SSI and your ability to obtain needed prescription medication is based solely on the medicaid coverage that comes packaged with SSI benefits.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Social Security Disability hearing decision time
Applying for Disability - How long does it take
How do you Apply for SSI?
How many SSD or SSI denials will you get before being approved?
A disability case may be decided quickly or take a long time
Will an attorney improve the chances of winning disability?
Disability requirements and how to file in California
How do I apply for disability, when
How to File for SSI
Appealing a Denial with a Hearing Before an ALJ (Administrative Law Judge)
What Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

What Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Disability for a mental condition
Tips for Filing for disability
Financial Help Filing For Disability
Checklist for filing for disability, SSI or SSD
Qualifying for disability benefits, how to qualify for SSD or SSI
Filing a disability application: the steps
Disability award notice, how long it takes to get benefits
How to Apply for Disability - Where do I go?
What makes you eligible to get disability?
How to check my disability claim status?
Can a disability attorney speed up a disability case?
SSI disability Award Letter
How long to get approved for disability?
How to apply for disability benefits
How long does disability back pay take?
What are qualifications for getting disability?
What medical conditions can you file disability for?
Disability Lawyer help questions
Social Security Attorneys, Disability Representatives