Can I Work While Applying for Disability?

Part-Time Employment Allowed Under Social Security Rules

One of the questions my clients often ask me is whether they can work while applying for Social Security Disability benefits. The general answer is yes, provided it is not full-time work and you do not exceed the earning limit ($1,040 per month gross for 2013).

I'm David Kapor, a Social Security Disability lawyer in Cincinnati, Ohio. I understand that you need to survive during the application process and that if you can work part-time you should. My job as your lawyer is to keep your part-time job from harming your disability claim.

Can Working Damage My Claim?

If you are over age 55, working part-time should not damage your claim. However, if you are under 50, the judge and Social Security administrative personnel may wonder, "If you are working part time, why not full time?"

Many people who suffer from chronic illnesses or physical impairments may be able to work for a few hours a day or a few days a week. The key questions are:

  • Can you do the job on a sustained basis, five days a week and eight hours a day?
  • Is there a sufficient amount of work you can physically perform, and is it available where you live?

If the answer to either question is no, you may still meet Social Security's definition of disability.

My experience as a trial lawyer enables me to take on Social Security expert witnesses who may try to claim that anyone who works part time can work full time. I represent clients in both Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims.

Free Attorney Consultation: To discuss your mental or physical disability case with me, lawyer David Kapor, call 513-878-1867 or fill out the contact form on this Web site. I have offices in Cincinnati, Fairfield, College Hill, Blue Ash and Tri-County.