Q Can I work and collect Social Security disability in North Carolina?
You may work while collecting Social Security disability payments, but there are some restrictions imposed by the Social Security Administration that limit how much you are able to earn without jeopardizing your benefits. Once you begin working, it is possible that your benefits will be affected, but there are certain provisions built in to the SSDI system that make it possible for you to work while collecting benefits. A North Carolina Social Security disability attorney can help you through this process.
Known as the “ticket to work” program, the SSA encourages disabled workers collecting benefits to return to work by offering incentives and limiting obstacles. For instance, you may keep all of your benefits, including your Medicare or Medicaid health coverage, while you are working during what is known as a “trial work period.”
If you will be working, you must notify the SSA. You must still meet the definition of disability under which your benefits were approved. You can earn as much as you want, and you are permitted to work for up to 9 months in any given 60-month period. Any month in which you make more than $720 after work-related expenses counts towards your trial period.
Once those 9 months have elapsed, you still may work for up to 36 months and receive your benefits, provided that your earnings do not exceed $1,010 per month after work-related expenses. As long as you earn less than that during the 36-month period, you will still receive your full benefits.
If you have been denied Social Security disability in North Carolina, an attorney from the law offices of Brent Adams & Associates may be able to help. Contact our offices to schedule a free initial consultation 800.910.5879.
(Keep in mind these figures may adjust over time and you should consult with an attorney to learn current rates.)