At Chihak + Chihak, 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 $1,350 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

The question of whether to work while your claim is pending is a complicated one with risks related to eligibility for your benefits. An experienced attorney at Chihak + Chihak can evaluate your situation and help you come to a decision that is best for you and your claim.

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.

Social Security Disability is all we do.

Your case comes first. Unlike other law firms who dabble in Social Security Disability, we do not practice personal injury, worker’s compensation or any other area of law.

With Chihak + Chihak, you never have to worry about a big car accident lawsuit or workplace injury case taking our attention away from you and your disability claim.

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