Should I Try To Work?

At Chihak & Associates, we are often asked by people with disabilities if they should try to work.

The answer to this question is complex and depends on facts specific to your situation. We would be pleased to discuss your case and advise you what to do. It may make the difference between getting benefits or a denial of your claim.

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Working With Disabling Conditions

The general answer to the question “should I try to work?” is yes. If you are unable to perform the duties of your job, it will provide evidence that can support your disability claim. This can be especially helpful in claims for people who suffer chronic back pain and other hard to measure symptoms.

There may be unique factors in your case however, and it may not be in your best interest to work. Certainly, if working worsens or endangers your health, you should not try to work.

Working can lead to a denial of your Social Security Disability claim in some circumstances. If you are able to work more than two or three months, SSA and some administrative judges may take that as evidence that you are fit to work. There is also an upper limit on your income — if you make $980 per month or more, the Social Security Administration will consider that to be “substantial gainful activity”. This can also lead to a denial of your claim.

Your Situation Is Unique

Chihak & Associates will systematically develop the information needed for your disability claim. We will press it forward The question of whether to work depends on these and other factors that are unique to your situation. Chihak & Associates can evaluate your case and recommend what you should do.

As experienced Social Security Disability lawyers, we have a long record of success helping people obtain disability benefits. In taking your case, our goal will be to help you obtain the benefits you need and deserve.


Gordon became disabled by marked bilateral temporal lobe atrophy, left greater than right, frontal atrophy of an unknown etiology, left knee osteoarthritis, cognitive disorder not otherwise specified, and major depressive disorder.