Can you work while applying for SSDI benefits?

| Sep 1, 2020 | Social Security Disability |

Many people rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to meet their daily needs. However, before the government approves your application, you may need to find ways to support your family without that assistance. Is it possible to work without damaging your eligibility?

Full-time work is not generally an option.

Especially if you worry about your SSDI application being denied, it can be tempting to work full time despite the challenges your disability provides. However, while full-time work may give you the income you need to make ends meet today, it could jeopardize your eligibility for benefits in the future.

In general, to receive SSDI benefits, you must show that your condition impairs your ability to work. Pushing yourself to work full time during the application process could be seen as a reason that your condition is not serious enough to be considered an impairment.

Part-time work and other support programs could offer you relief.

Most applicants for SSDI benefits cannot earn more than $1,260 a month. While income from full-time work may impact your eligibility for the program, it is possible to work part-time and still meet the income requirements.

These income limitations can make it difficult to meet your daily needs. However, other forms of assistance like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could offer you relief during the application process.

While working full time is not usually an option for SSDI applicants, it is possible to get the income and support you need to support yourself while you wait for the government to approve your benefits.