CAN I WORK AND STILL RECEIVE SSDI?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/22/2011 - 11:28

I RECEIVE SSDI DUE TO A PERMANTLY DISSABLED RIGHT ARM AND HAND (THAT IS WHY I TYPE IN ALL CAPS, I.E., ITS EASIER); I HAVE SEVERE BACK PAIN AND I HAVE DIFFICULTY WALKING AS A RESULT OF A BROKEN NECK (FRACTURE OF C5 & C6). I STILL WANT TO WORK THOUGH... DOING WHAT, I DON'T KNOW. CAN I WORK AND RECEIVE SSDI AND IS THERE AN INCOME LIMIT? GRANT FROM GEORGIA.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:03 Permalink

My wife was recently (2 years ago) diagnosed with Lupus and Fibromyalgia. She has been sick for about 25 years but the doctors could not diagnose her and called it "Idiopathic" she is bed ridden most every day and gets out if she is lucky a couple days a week. Since she was unable to work but the doctors could not diagnose she was unable to file for SSDI etc. Now that they figured out what she has she is told it is too late to file because she has not worked in 25 years. Was told that if she filed when she was first sick she would have been eligible however they did not know whatwas wrong with her. Have seen an attourney and he said she cannot file because it is too late. How is this fair, she was working as a Physicians assistant and home healthcare provider until she became ill. But because the medical community (many of them) could not dianose Lupus 25 years ago it is her fault and she has to suffer. I am a disabled Veteran and until a year or so ago I was able to support us but now my disabilty is getting worse and I too cannot work. I am thinking on applying but that does not help my wifes medical needs. Her medical bills and medications are far too much for me anymore. Can anyone tell me if there is a way to get her qualified for SSDI?

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:03 Permalink

She should be able to get SSI,and help from DSHS.

Rich (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:03 Permalink

My husband's income is not great and neither is my disability. Can I work part-time and still collect my benefits? If so, how much can I earn? I found a site that told me $1040 per month, but I don't believe that.

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:04 Permalink

There are specific regulations about working. The Substantial Gainful Activity amount is $1,040 a month. This means that if a person earns more than this amount, the Social Security Administration will no longer consider that person to be disabled. Before doing any type of work, I would call your local Social Security representative to make sure you will not compromise your benefits.

Floyd (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:04 Permalink

i started getting SSDI Aug. 2014 , i signed up in Feb. 2014 , with the 5 month waiting period i did not recieve any back pay . i told the doctor i had been having trouble for some time and it is documented in my medical records appr. 5 years prior to getting SSDI . Should i be intitled to 12 months back pay .

Molly C (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:04 Permalink

Hi Floyd, thank you for your question. You will be entitled to 12 months of back pay if the examiner or judge determines that your onset date is 17 months or more prior to the application date. You can read more about back pay at our Social Security Back Pay page.

Alberta (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:04 Permalink

I have attempted to work unsuccessfully and was fired within six months can i still qualify for benefits with mental and digestive disability?

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:05 Permalink

Hi Alberta,
There are many ways to qualify with mental disabilities. Feel free to read more about how to qualify with mental disorders. It will all depend on how the disorder affects you and your ability to work, which it sounds like you attempted to do. Consider filling out our Free Disability Evaluation to speak with an attorney about your options.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:05 Permalink

can you work full time and have partial ssdi -- i have fibromyalgia. it just aggravates my job

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:05 Permalink

Hi there, No, you cannot receive partial SSDI. SSDI is for people who are completely disabled and unable to work whatsoever. If fibromyalgia aggravates you but does not prevent you from working, you will not be approved for SSDI.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:05 Permalink

I have been off work for more than a year now! I am trying to find a job! I just found out today that I have an interview at my old job. I have not received any ssi at all! I'm trying to go back to work! My mother in law is telling me not to go back to work because she wants me to get social security! I'm not sure if I will even get social security!!! I want to know can I go back to work and still get ssi??? Is it possible??? I really want to go back to work!!! Will you please tell me what I can do???

Jennifer (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:05 Permalink

I draw 748.00 a month.I have psoriatic arthritis,border line diabetic,serve arthritis and numbness in both feet.I was diagnosed at 28 and I am 42 now.i have been on there three different biological meds and have never been in remissions.I have high blood pressure,I take a fluid pill,it seem to be the only thing that keeps the fluid under control,i also have PVC,extra heart beat,just a hand full of health problems. I was married from 18 yrs,and was wonderful up until about the 16 yr,for whatever reason he was not happy anymore.He ended up living.i lost my home during the divorce,i was just devastated. Now i am in a position where i will be homeless March 31 2015.I have been to our TVHRA and are the that's a three year wait for Section 8 and a long wait even if I find a house,apartment or mobile home. I need help and have no idea what to do.Anyone have any suggestions?

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:05 Permalink

Hi Jennifer,
That is a really tough situation. I am so sorry to hear about it. If your benefits are SSDI and not SSI, you could always consider renting a room for cheap until you get approved for section 8. I know you can find a lot of great places on Craigslist. The SSA also sends payments to recipients who are living in halfway houses or shelters, but you'll have to look into their site to find out more about it. I really wish you the best of luck.

Anonymous (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:12 Permalink

I been drawing ssdi since 2010 I=Can I work . I found a job I could do its 6 hours a week, cleaning a PO not much to it. I cant sit or stand for long period cant walk a lot, This job is easy If I took it will I lose my benfits, Pay is 300 a month.

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:12 Permalink

Hi there,
So long as you earn less than $1090 a month, you will be able to keep this part-time job with your SSDI benefits. Always report your earnings to the SSA, but you should be fine.

Mike (not verified)

In reply to by D (not verified)

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 23:09 Permalink

So with my ssdi in ssi is1040 what I can make before or with my check amount invluded

Bryan

In reply to by Mike (not verified)

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 08:50 Permalink

HI Mike,
Generally SSDI recipients can earn up to $840 a month before they would trigger a Trial Work Period.

Fred (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:13 Permalink

I have been disabled and drawing SSDI for 12 years, I draw $2150 plus my dependent son draws $1150 per month. I always worked hard, that is why I draw so much. I want to try a part time job again but it pays a lot less than I draw now. I still have the disability and do not want to risk losing my benefits and/or my family's financial security. It doesn't make medical of financial sense to lose $3300 a month benefits over a part time job that I may, or may not be able top do long term. Is "Ticket to work," for real? Or a scam to get people off disability? How much can I earn during a trial month, over the nine months and still draw my benefits. If I can not work during the nine month trial can I go back to the way things were before trying to work again?

D (not verified)
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 11:13 Permalink

Hi Fred,
I would highly recommend the ticket to work program. You can keep your full benefits on top of what you earn while working for the trial period, and you can indeed always go back to receiving your benefits and not working if it's too challenging for you.

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