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What To Know About Returning To Work While On Federal Disability Benefits

Not all disabilities are permanent, and receiving disability benefits doesn’t mean you can never go back to work. If you’re on disability and you’ve reached a point where you’re considering going back to work, don’t rush into it without first consulting a lawyer. You don’t want to jeopardize the Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits you’ve worked so hard to obtain.

At the Law Offices of Daniel Berger in New York, we can help you determine whether you qualify for a trial work period. This program will allow you to ease back into working on a trial basis, without having to give up your SSD benefits.

How It Works

The SSD program has multiple work incentives. With the trial work period for SSD, you can explore working for nine months while still receiving your full benefits, regardless of how much you earn. However, you must report your earnings to the Social Security Administration.

You don’t have to work for nine months in a row. You have up to five years to take advantage of the trial work period.

What Happens After The Trial Work Period

If you’ve successfully completed nine months of trial work within a five-year period, you can then qualify for an extended period of eligibility. This period lasts 36 months. The Social Security Administration will assess your earnings each month and determine whether you still qualify for benefits for that month.

Get Legal Guidance Before Returning To Work

Work incentives through the SSD program can be confusing. Our attorneys can help you determine whether to pursue those incentives and how to do so in a way that protects your eligibility for benefits.

To learn more, schedule a free consultation or call us at 718-691-7475.