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Do I Have To Quit My Job To Get Disability?

The answer to this question is not a simple one. You do not have to quit your job to file for Social Security disability, however you have to be under the substantial gainful activity monthly amount set forth by Social Security each year. You may be asking yourself what is substantial gainful activity? Substantial gainful activity is an amount an individual is allowed to earn per month and still be able to be entitled to a Social Security disability benefit.

So what does this mean to the average person who has medical and or mental conditions that prevent them from working regularly and often less than forty hours per week? This means that if you are still working, but have had to reduce your hours at work or have had to take a part time job because you could not do your regular job, you should contact Social Security to ascertain if you may be eligible to apply for Social Security disability benefits.

This is where it gets a little tricky; sometimes it is not enough to be working fewer hours than you usually work. For instance, if you are working twenty hours a week and earning $7.00 per hour you will be under the Social Security substantial gainful activity amount, however if you are working those same twenty hours but you earn $20.00 per hour you will not qualify for disability because your earning will be over the substantial gainful activity amount.

You may have heard that you had to have been out of work for twelve months before you can apply for disability. Do not bank on information that you have heard from other people. Each individualís situation is unique. You may be working but not at a level that prevents you from filing for Social Security disability, consequently you should file for your disability even though you are technically working.

Another mistake that is often made is waiting months to file for disability even if you already stopped work months before. You do not have to wait twelve months to file; instead, you should file immediately if you are not working due to some disabling condition or a combination of health conditions.

Contact your local Social Security office or call the Social Security toll free number if you think that your earnings may be below Social Security work activity levels, or you have had to stop work because of your health. Remember, you do not have to quit your job to get disability, however your earnings must be under the Social Security monthly substantial gainful work amount.

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

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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

Social Security Disability attorneys and representatives
What is the status of your social security disability or SSI case
Rules and requirements to apply for disability
Will I qualify for disability?
Apply for disability for any medical condition
Steps and Tips for requesting a disability hearing
If your disability claim is approved or denied
Social Security Award letter for SSD, SSI
Temporary Social Security Disability SSI
Social Security Disability SSI reviews
How social security evaluates attention deficit
Filing for disability with Post polio syndrome
Tips for Getting Disability Approved
How far back Social Security will pay SSDI or SSI
SSI award notices are received by approved claimants
Winning and getting disability with a mental condition
Getting disability for rheumatoid arthritis
Can you work if you get Disability?
Who qualifies for SSI and how
How to file for disability and where to apply
Conditions that may qualify as disability
Denied on a disability application
Answering questions at a Social Security Disability hearing