Can I work and apply for Social Security Disability Benefits or SSI?
One of the questions that often arises is whether one can work and still claim that one is disabled. The short answer is yes. However, there is more to it than that. Generally speaking, if you gross $1010 per month or more, Social Security presumes you are not disabled. This is true whether you whether you are working full-time, part-time, out of the house, at garage sales or the like. So, if you show up at work in pain, but are able to generate a $1000 a month or more, you will not be determined disabled. Likewise, if you stay home and do little jobs on the side, or take care of some children, or go to the flea market on the weekends and are able to generate $1000 or more a month, you will not be determined disabled. Remember, that is gross earnings. That means before taxes. However, they do not include business expenses nor medical expenses required for work.
An example of a business expense is the cost of gas. Medical expenses for work could include a walker or a specialized van.
If you work, and make less than $1000 per month, you can still make a claim for disability. You need to let your attorney know that you are working. You need to keep track of your earnings on a weekly or monthly basis. You should talk to the attorney before starting work to determine if that is the best avenue to take. If you do work part-time and make a claim for disability, you will have to be able to explain it to the judge why you’re able to work part-time and not full-time. You need to think about that before you start work and after you start work.
People typically work part-time in order to keep from being evicted, foreclosed or having your car repossessed. It is very understandable. Unfortunately, it rarely helps the case, but it is something that must be done.