Return To Work

'How Much Can I Earn And Still Receive Social Security Disability?'

Returning to work is a goal of many people with disabilities. Many feel stigmatized by "simply staying at home doing nothing." People naturally want to make meaningful contributions to society as able. Others want to keep their skills sharp and continue to learn new things through productive activity in the marketplace. Mental and social stimulation can be as important as the opportunity to earn additional income for many people receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) does offer benefit recipients the opportunity to work part time and still receive benefits. Allowable income is typically capped at around $1,200 per month. Check with William R. Long, Attorney at Law, in Bossier City on the updated amount applicable in your case and what steps to take to protect your best interests, all things considered.

Working part time sounds good to many people with disabilities. However, there may be a risk that the SSA will contend that you are voluntarily underemployed. Walking the fine line between retaining eligibility for benefits and giving a sincere effort to remain productive can be a challenge. Legal advice is highly recommended before you take actions such as applying for jobs, interviewing for jobs or starting a part-time job while receiving SSD benefits.

Opportunities And Risks In Returning To Work | Consult With An Experienced Lawyer Before Taking A Job Or Going To College While Receiving SSD

A good opportunity for many people who want to try working again is the SSA's allowance of a nine-month trial work period. If you qualify for this, you will likely be able to keep receiving SSD benefits while working. If you are unable to continue, you will not have lost your eligibility. If you discover you are well enough to resume full-time work, you may be willing to let your SSD benefits go as you confidently return to employability.

A vocational rehabilitation program in Louisiana has allowed many people to pursue a college degree while on SSD benefits.

If you are receiving workers' compensation benefits as well as SSD benefits, you should be aware that one may have an impact on the other in certain situations. While both are government programs, they are completely separate — but may affect each other. Eligibility standards and requirements differ. Advice from a lawyer well-versed in both programs can be invaluable as you make decisions about vocational rehabilitation and attempting to return to work part-time or full-time.

Talk To A Louisiana Lawyer Who Represents Many Disabled Workers

Our law firm cautions potential clients about working with lawyers with limited experience in these areas. Some of our clients have received bad advice that cost them benefits. William R. Long, Attorney at Law, practices in both areas. Therefore, we are able to provide well-coordinated counsel aimed at maximizing benefits for clients while taking into account factors such as a person's desire to return to work.

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You can discuss your unique situation with an attorney at no cost at William R. Long, Attorney at Law. Reach us by phone at 318-797-8288 or complete our short online contact form.