How Will Working Part Time Affect My SSD Benefits?

A common question we hear at Bridgman Law Offices is, "Can I continue to work part time while receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits?"

The simple answer to this question is yes, but with numerous exceptions. Although you can work, if you make more or work longer than the limits specified by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you may compromise your benefits.

When you reach out to us, we will help you understand the limitations on earning additional income while exploring options for ensuring that you have enough money to provide for your family.

What If I Need Extra Money To Cover Day-To-Day Expenses?

In short, substantial gainful activity, or SGA, refers to the wages or salary you earn from a job. The SSA sets specific limits on the amount a person can make without losing his or her SSD benefits ($1,130/month for non blind disabled applicants and $1,820/month for blind applicants).

Additionally, if you keep a job for more than six months, the SSA may consider you fit to work and cut off your benefits. However, if you work for a few weeks or months, but can't continue due to your disability, the SSA may view this as an unsuccessful attempt at going back to work.

It's important to document your work history — especially attempts at going back to work once your disability has been documented. These records may help support your claim for benefits or bolster an appeall.

Our lead attorney, Daniel A. Bridgman, can outline your options for pursuing a job while dealing with a disability. We will review your case and offer advice tailored to your situation. We will also explain the types of income that will not count toward the SSA's SGA limits, such as:

  • Child support
  • Food assistance
  • Income from an investment property
  • Rent
  • Interest
  • Money earned from jobs working for family members or jobs specifically designed for disabled individuals

When you speak with us, we can determine the best course of action for you and your family. In some cases, this means continuing to work instead of pursuing SSD benefits. Regardless of the circumstances, we will offer advice only after we have a clear understanding of your case and your needs.

Ready To Get Started? Call Us And Talk With A Social Security Disability Lawyer.

Reach out and schedule your free consultation by calling 877-330-4817. Our primary office is in Charlotte and we work with clients throughout North Carolina as well as in Columbia, South Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia.