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Hi Anthony,

Hi Anthony,

You may want to take our Free Disability Evaluation to see if you qualify for benefits: http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/form/free-disability-evaluation

Best of Luck
Eric

Anonymous
If I worked for 7 weeks above

If I worked for 7 weeks above the SGA limit, but was then fired 5 days after explaining why I kept asking for accommodations (although of course they used a different excuse to fire me), then 5 days after I got fired- I received a letter in the mail saying that I was approved for ssdi... Will my failed attempt to work screw me? Also, I was told to just make sure to give all the details of what happened when they ask, but there's no need to report it yet since it was an unsuccessful work attempt anyway. Is this correct advice or will I get in trouble for not immediately reporting It? What could happen?

Hi there,

Hi there,
The trial work period is for people who are already on SSDI, rather than those applying. You may want to contact your local SSA office for more details, you can find a listing of them here:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/content/social-security-disabili...

Laurie Walters
Can I receive dissability

Can I receive dissability insurance if I've only worked for 5 months ?

Hi Laurie,

Hi Laurie,
You may not have a sufficient amount of work credits to be considered eligible for benefits.

Anonymous
I'm deaf I have HIV and

I'm deaf I have HIV and pain n my left leg but I get ssd r ssi but can I still work and get ssi r ssd

Hi there,

Hi there,
Yes, you may be able to do so, however it may be a good idea to contact your local SSA office regarding this as they can give you detailed info about that that would be specific to your case.

Steven
I have been on ssdi since 08

I have been on ssdi since 08 i have emphysema diabities severe sleep apnea high blood pressure few other thing .got26 percent of my lungs .end of 36months never worked over substantial gainville activity. But cant survive with out a part time job .cant never will beable hold full time job.can i still work part time job with out hurting my ssdi.

Hi Steven,

Hi Steven,
Yes, you would be able to work a part time job while receiving SSDI, however there are restrictions regarding this. You may want to contact your local SSA office regarding this.

Heather
When I talked to a lady from

When I talked to a lady from ssa I was told that I could work a part time job and make 1,096 in a month if I make over that then my ssd would drop down but I also got told by a tax company that I couldn't make over $500 a month. Here is the odd part my mom called and talked to ssa cuz she was trying to get ssd and they told her that she can't make over 1130 a month and that includes her ssd so when we were talking I told her I got told differently that I can make up to 1096 and that wouldn't affect my ssd but she swears that I would only be able to make just over 300 a month. Please help and let know if I'm correct or she's correct.

Wayne Kuypers
Hi,

Hi,
I am on SSDI since 2014, diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and neuropathy. I have an SSDI income of $2079 after med is taken out.
There is an opportunity to make some small amount of money (less than $125 per week) delivering food and/or walking dogs.
This is a perfect job because I can work when I'm ok or not work that day when I feel lousy and which is why I'm on disability.
Can I do this? Can I have this type of job?
Thanks.

Hi Wayne,

Hi Wayne,
You may be able to. If in doubt, you may want to contact your local SSA office regarding this.

Hi Wayne,

Hi Wayne,
You may be able to. If in doubt, you may want to contact your local SSA office regarding this.

Terrance
I have a question if I get

I have a question if I get paid every two weeks at my security job I am on disability can I work about 35 hours which will add up to be 70 hours for two weeks. Then the next two week work about a good 16 hours so I Won't go over my limit for the month. Can that be possible to do make one big check then make one small check amount. Do I need to only work three days.. My monthly limit is 1,170 any answer out there...

Hi Terrance,

Hi Terrance,
You may want to contact your local SSA office regarding your plan, you can find a listing for them here:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/content/social-security-disabili...

Terrance
I am on dialysis due to

I am on dialysis due to kidney failure I receive 1,045 a month from ssdi. If my income at my job is around 1,000 a month and my SGA is 1,170 what I can make am I making to much or am I okay. I only get paid 9.25 an hour at my security job. Do social security monitor your days and hours that you work or do they look at how much you bring home for the whole month. How much I shouldn't go over for the month...

HI Terrance,

HI Terrance,
You may be subject to the trial work period rules, you can find some more information here:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/blog/trial-work-period-rules

Kathleen
Hello my question ....my ex

Hello my question ....my ex receives ssdi total amount 730 a month he states that ssdi says he can not work even part time ...he's been on it about 6 yrs for a mental issue true ??

HI Kathleen,

HI Kathleen,
Many SSDI recipients are able to work in some capacity, however there may be restrictions on what work someone would be able to do. We really could not verify or deny his ability to work, as we are not affiliated with the SSA.

gregg
i am 56 on ssdi, looking to

i am 56 on ssdi, looking to work part time, how much can i earn without losing my benifits
and do i have to contact ss

Hi Gregg,

Hi Gregg,

It cannot exceed the 2017 SGA Monthly amount ($1,170/Month)

Rsy
I have ssdi and would like to

I have ssdi and would like to try to work a few hours a wk. It would definitely be under the sga limit. I'm worried that I will lose my ssdi because I read a few places that SS could still consider me able to work. I'm very frightened about even trying. I read that it's not as simple as makeing under or over the sga limit.Please offer some advice.

Hello,

Hello,
Many SSDI recipients are able to work in some capacity, however there may be restrictions on what work someone would be able to do.

Best Wishes,
Eric

Sandi
I make $1341 per month in

I make $1341 per month in SSDI. How much can i make if i take on a part time job.

Hi Sandi,

Hi Sandi,
You may be able to make up to $840 before the month is considered a Trial Work Period month. If you have 9 Trial Work period months in a five year period, you may lose eligibility for benefits while you are working.

Susie
I started back to work in

I started back to work in sept 2016 I called social security when I got the job and recently because I thought I was on a ticket to work. I received a payment in June. Am I on a different program. I make over the maximum amount income'

Hi Susie,

Hi Susie,

I would recommend speaking to a representative from the SSA regarding your matter. 1-800-772-1213.

Best Wishes,
Eric

Sam
I was diagnosed with ms in

I was diagnosed with ms in 2011 and receive ssdi. I have recently returned to work part-time 12 hrs a week doing activities with senior citizens in a senior living community. This job has been very therapeutic for me mentally and has given me some self value and helped pay my bills. I do not take any medications for my illness. Is it possible for ssdi to have me re-evaluated and determine that I could work full-time and take away my benefit? Do they ever use surveillance to justify this action? This is very stressful, because the thought of losing my benefit would be a major problem for me. Thank you.

Hi Sam,

Hi Sam,
The SSA may re-evaluate cases periodically as part of their normal procedures, however from what you've described, you may not have any issue with the SSA determining that you're able to work.

Sam
Hi Bryan,

Hi Bryan,
Thank you for the response. Do you know types of cases and the procedures used by the SSA that they periodically evaluate?

Hi Sam,

Hi Sam,
They may evaluate cases at random.

Theresa
Have a friend who receives

Have a friend who receives SSDI she also receives money for her dependent daughter. Her daughter has a part time job. Does anyone know who much her daughter can earn per month before it would affect her mothers SSDI check?

Hi Theresa,

Hi Theresa,
The child's part time job may not affect her mother's SSDI benefits as those are based on the mother's work record, not household income. Additionally, any limitations on work that the mother would have would not apply to the child.

Anonymous
I been on ssdi for 3 years I

I been on ssdi for 3 years I have chronic leukemia. And collect 1.56.00dollars.the offer me a job that make 1.600 dollars can I do it?

Hi there,

Hi there,
You can find some more information about working and receiving SSDI benefits here:
http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/blog/trial-work-period-rules

Larry
My wife is currently

My wife is currently receiving ssdi. Starting in around 2008 for bipolar with depression. She obviously is not able to go back to work at all. Is there any benifit to applying for ssdi without partial.

Hi Larry,

Hi Larry,

Well, you can apply for benefits under your wife's behalf. You could qualify for back pay too.

-Eric

Larry
Not sure we understand each

Not sure we understand each other, I am still currently working and able. My wife is not and is currently on ssdi partial. Is it a benefit for her to apply for ssdi without the partial as she is not and will not ever be able to work again.

HI Larry,

HI Larry,
You may want to contact the SSA about your wife's status in the SSDI program, as they would know if she is on SSDI, and it's not clear that she is as there is no "partial" SSDI benefits. If her benefits are based on her income, she would be on SSI benefits which would be a different program.

Sally M
Hello. I receive SSDI $2016

Hello. I receive SSDI $2016 and my dependent son, 17, receives $1063, Can he work part-time? He sees all his friends working and is so anxious to join the work force. I'm proud that he wants to work, but I cannot afford to lose his payments as of yet. We are in Florida.
Thanks!

Hi Sally,

Hi Sally,

Yes, Your son can work part time.

Best Wishes,
Eric

Steve
My name is Steve I have

My name is Steve I have cerebral palsy, I can walk, and drive, I do work year round but seasonally and I have a few questions.
1.) in 2017 under the SGA a Disabled (Non blind) can make $1170 a month, a Visually impaired individual (blind ) can $1950 a month, I'm sorry I'm not trying to put anyone down but I think that is wrong, I think a Disabled (physically or mentally) -non blind should be allowed to make at least $1600 a month. Why has this not been changed?
2.) if I made over $1170 a month after my 9 month trail why would my benefits be taken away ? Making $14000 year is below the poverty line making $1860 month is the federal standard in 2017-18 for one person in my state. Why would they take away someone's benefits if they are disabled for life? (My benefits are not being taken away.) These are questions because I want to work more without losing my benefits.

1) I really could not say as

1) I really could not say as we are not affiliated with the SSA or the federal government and would not have that information.

2) If you complete a trial work period, you would not be eligible for benefits for any month that you earn over SGA.

Buzz A.
My brother had a stroke in

My brother had a stroke in 2011 and has been receiving SSDI payments as is his daughter. He has fully recovered from the effects of his stroke and is planning on returning to work full time. He understands that if he returns to work full time he will forfeit his disability payments. His question is about the payments his daughter receives. If he returns to work, will she continue to receive her payments? He has gotten conflicting information about this from SSI.

Hi Buzz,

Hi Buzz,
His daughter would not receive those benefits as she receives them based on his disability status, and he would not be considered eligible for benefits after he returns to work full time.

Susan Maytin
What is the maximum per month

What is the maximum per month that a person collecting Social Security Disabilty payments can earn?

Hi Susan, $1,170/Month -Eric

Hi Susan,

$1,170/Month

-Eric

Shar
I worked for 24 years and 4

I worked for 24 years and 4 years ago I left work, my job, due to a WC issue I applied for SSD 2 years ago and I'm waiting for my appeal date to see the whoever it is for my face to face interview, I have a lawyer but since then I was approved for Ordinary disability and told I was permately disabled which meant I retired with a disability but since I was so close to my 25 years, I was given my health benefits and less then half of my pension since it was 6 years before I turned 55 I took a 3% hit every year before 55 which is 18% off of my regular pension, needless to say I get 1990.00 a month which after they take out 200.00 for my health benefits, it comes out to about 23,000$ a year and it's impossible for me to live on that, will I be turned down for SSD since my income coming in from my pension is 1990.00 a month, any answers would be great thank you

Hello,

Hello,

I am sorry to hear that. No. Generally speaking, a corporate pension or any other form of retirement income — interest from an investment account, for instance — won't affect Social Security benefits. The amount you get is determined by your income history, not by other retirement money you may have coming in.

-Eric

Shirley Kay Terrett
I, am wanting to start up

I, am wanting to start up working for a company that is about 12 hours a week or such in some weeks time, if Myself does yet actually hired Myself can start up in the year 2017 starting may be in July 2017 or August 2017 if Myself, does yet started, therefore, what amount of Hours each Calendar week starting with Sunday through Saturday, each week can Myself go to work up to 20 hours, and what is the limit amount that a person can make before any money amount is stopping Myselve's, SSDI usual money t obe Deposited inside My Checking account as Direct Deposited each time on the 3rd of each month?

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