Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides financial protection to people who have qualifying disabilities. If your disability or medical condition improves, you may want to consider going back to the workplace. This raises an important question: Will I automatically lose my Social Security disability benefits if I return to work? The answer is ‘it depends’ — in some cases, you may be eligible for a trial work period. In this post, attorney Harold W. Conick offers a brief guide to your rights if you are preparing to return to work.
SSDI and Returning to Work: Know the Implications
To start, it is necessary to emphasize you will not necessarily lose your SSDI benefits if you attempt to return to work. How going back to your job will affect your eligibility depends on several different factors, the most important being the nature of your claim. As a rule, SSDI claims fit into one of the following two (2) broad categories:
Social Security Disability and the Trial Work Period
Under federal regulations, Social Security disability beneficiaries may be eligible for a nine-month trial work period. During approved trial work, an SSDI recipient can still receive their disability benefits even if they work more hours than is typically allowed by the agency. After completing trial work (assuming you can keep working), your claim may enter a status called ‘Extended Period of Eligibility’ or EPE. For 36 months, your benefits will be determined on a month-to-month basis. If you are suddenly forced to stop working, you will receive a check again — without the need to re-apply.
Call Our Greater Chicagoland Metropolitan Area Social Security Disability Lawyer Now
At Harold W. Conick & Associates Ltd., we concentrate our practice on Social Security disability law. If you have questions or concerns about returning to work, our legal team will get you answers. Want to learn more about how a top-rated SSDI attorney can help? Please contact us today for a free consultation. We represent people throughout the Greater Chicagoland Metropolitan Area.