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What happens if you are working when you file for disability or work after you apply for disability?



 
Because the social security administration focuses on the individual's ability to engage in work activity at a certain earning level, individuals who are thinking of filing for disability benefits under the SSD (Social Security Disability) or SSI (supplemental security income) program should know that if they apply while they are working and earning an SGA-level income, their case will receive a very fast "technical denial".

When this type of denial occurs--based on an applicant's level of earnings--their case will not have been transferred to the state disability processing agency (disability determination services, the agency that makes decisions on claims for the social security administration) and also will not have been assigned to a disability examiner. This means that the applicant's medical records will not have been gathered and evaluated, simply because the applicant's level of earnings made their claim ineligible (for non-medical reasons) from the very beginning.

By the same token, applicants who were not working at the time they filed a disability claim but returned to work at a substantial and gainful work activity level while their disability application or disability appeal was being evaluated on would receive a "denial for SGA", i.e. a denial for working and earning in excess of the allowed limit.



Because of this, anyone who is considering filing for Social Security Disability or SSI should understand that there is little point to doing so if they are working full time as they would most likely be earning an SGA-level income. Also, a person who has a claim under consideration should be careful about engaging in work activity as this can easily bring the processing of a claim to a screeching halt if the individual's earnings are too high.

Finally, individuals who have already been approved for disability benefits should be very careful about returning to work activity as this has the potential for terminating their monthly benefits. The social security administration does allow individuals who receive benefits to attempt to re-enter the workforce and actually gives them nine trial work months in which they can work and earn as much as they can without it endangering their continued eligibility. However, if the individual's earnings match the SGA limit in the tenth month their benefits will be stopped.








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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

Permanent Social Security Disability

What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?

Who is eligible for SSI disability?

Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?

What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?









For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

To learn more about the author, please visit the SSDRC.com homepage and view the "about this site" link near the bottom of the page.