The purpose of disability benefits is to provide you with an income when you are not able to work. When you have successfully applied for SSDI benefits, however, you will then still be able to work under some circumstances. If you are not sure if you'll be able to work a particular job without losing your benefits, it's important to speak with a disability attorney first.

Substantial Gainful Employment

One of the concerns you might have is how you will be able to work and earn an income when you are disabled. The SSA takes time to process your claim. However, you will still be able to earn money even while you are seeking benefits.

You will receive SSDI benefits based on whether you are able to maintain substantial gainful employment. The SSA sets a figure for the maximum amount you are allowed to earn. If you earn greater than this amount, you will likely have your SSDI claim denied. For this reason, you will want to talk to a disability attorney before you make a decision such as attempting to go back to work.

The Importance of Honesty

You will always want to present yourself in an honest manner. Therefore, if you are able to work full-time, you should attempt to do so. However, if you are severely disabled, you might be justified in only working part-time. Working too many hours can exacerbate your disability and you might not be able to safely work full-time.

How to Return to Work

Once you have received your SSDI benefits, you might wonder if you will be able to return to work. Your disability attorney will be able to help you determine if this is a good idea. The SSA has a program available where you will be allowed to return to work for a trial period to determine if you are able to safely work. 

Your Recovery and Returning to Work

Your ultimate goal is to recover to a point where you will be able to return to work. Also, failing to follow your doctor's orders might lead to your SSDI claim being denied. An attorney will help you honestly represent your disability so that your claim will not be denied.

If your claim is denied, you will be allowed to file an appeal and your SSDI attorney will help you with this appeal. Also, if you must attend a hearing, your attorney will represent you.