How Working Affects Your Social Security Disability Benefits

There is a fear that returning to the workforce may jeopardize your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. While the Social Security Administration (SSA) does allow individuals to continue to receive disability benefits while they are working, there are strict limits on how much an individual can earn. Speaking with a skilled lawyer is critical to ensure that you do not risk losing any of your benefits.

The attorneys at Gesmer & Reynolds, P.C., have extensive experience providing thorough representation to individuals throughout northern Illinois with SSDI-related issues. We will work closely with you to protect your rights and work toward securing the benefits you are entitled to under the law.

Trial Work Periods

It is natural to want to return to work as quickly as possible. To help mitigate concerns about losing your benefits, the SSA provides a trial work period. This allows you to return to work for up to nine months to determine whether you are able to work. During this trial period, you will continue to receive full benefits, unless your earnings exceed $840 a month.

In certain circumstances, a trial period can be extended for up to 36 months. During the extended period, you cannot earn more than $1,180 in a given month. Exceeding this total will cause your benefits to stop altogether.

Failing to follow these regulations can cost you some or all of your disability benefits. We focus on providing straightforward legal advice to help you understand what your best options are. Our attorneys will answer your questions and address your concerns in a timely manner to help remove the stress you feel about your claim.

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