When you have incurred a disability or an ailment that impacts your ability to work, learning that you are eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can feel like a saving grace. Having the financial security to keep a roof over your head and food on the table can be the support that you need to help you remained focused on healing.
If your health continues to improve, you may have the desire to get back to work as soon as possible. Despite what you may think, receiving SSD benefits does not mean that you cannot go back to work. Just because you eventually get back to work, it also doesn’t mean that you are immediately no longer eligible to receive your benefits.
Understanding Equals Empowerment
By understanding how your return to work will and will not impact your SSD benefits, you will be better able to figure out what the next best steps for you will be. The only thing that you must bear in mind is that you are required to inform the Social Security Administration (SSA) of any changes to your condition regarding your intention to return to work. This means that if you have started to work again, have stopped working altogether, or are working with additional resources or temporary assistance because of your disability or condition, you must notify the SSA immediately.
If despite taking the proper steps to attempt to improve your condition it does not get any better and you are unable to resume working as you were prior to your disability, it is likely that you will still qualify for benefit assistance. Additionally, in certain situations in order to ensure that you are protected, you will be given a trial period in which you will keep receiving your benefits while you begin working again. This way you will be able to confirm that you are able to keep up with your job responsibilities before your SSD benefits cease.
Generally speaking, if you get back to work but find that later on you are unable to keep working because of that same disability, you are not required to re-qualify for benefits, but rather you will be put back on the same disability program that you had been on previously.
Always Keep the SSA Informed
No matter what, always be sure to keep the SSA abreast as to your work situation. Should you go back to work without notifying the SSA, continuing to receive SSD benefits, you can face serious consequences, even be found guilty of fraud and receive a prison sentence.
If you return to work and despite telling the SSA your benefits have not been reduced, be sure to inform the SSA; do not spend the money – you will likely be required to give it back. Should this happen, it is best to keep this money separately until it is returned or you receive a notification in writing from the SSA that you do not need to.
The Pennsylvania SSD Attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP Can Help
When you are struggling with a disability that prevents you from working, you may not know what to do. Luckily, the attorneys at Nikolaus & Hohenadel, LLP can help. We understand the impact that a disability can have on your ability to make ends meet. That’s why we’re here to help you. It’s what we do. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!