Can I work while I have an active Social Security Disability claim?

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2023 | Social Security Disability

If you are in the midst of a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim, you might be wondering about the possibility of working during this period. While it is technically allowed, this may potentially impact your disability claim. Here, we delve into a common question: Can you work while you have an active Social Security Disability claim?

Yes, you can work, but it is not a straightforward situation. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines “disability” as the inability to engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA). Figuring out if you meet this definition considers many different factors.

Defining Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)

The SSA considers work that provides a certain level of income as SGA. If your work exceeds the defined SGA limit, it could pose a challenge to your disability claim.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) sets specific monetary thresholds to determine what constitutes SGA. These limits are subject to change annually. Crossing this financial threshold could lead the SSA to question the severity of your disability.

Factors evaluated in disability determination

It is crucial to recognize that the disability determination process is not solely about income levels. It involves a thorough evaluation of various facets such as:

  • The severity of your medical condition. The SSA examines medical evidence to gauge the impact of your condition on your ability to work.
  • Your past work experience. This helps the SSA understand the nature of your employment and the skills required for your previous roles. This analysis helps in assessing your overall work capacity.
  • Your ability to perform various tasks. This includes factors such as physical limitations and cognitive abilities. It also questions the impact of your medical condition on your day-to-day activities.

Taking on a job while you are in the middle of a disability claim makes things more complicated. It is important to be careful when deciding whether you should pursue this option, considering how it could affect the success of your disability claim.

At such times, having a legal professional by your side is crucial. They can give you personalized advice, making sure you make smart choices that fit with all the detailed rules of the disability determination process. The intersection of work and disability claims requires a strategic and informed approach to safeguard your entitlements.