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Protecting The Disabled And Injured Since 1974

Returning to work after suffering a disabling condition

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2022 | Social Security Disability |

Suffering from a disabling injury or illness is challenging for any individual in Alabama and elsewhere. This is especially true when this situation causes one to be unable to work. The inability to work because of a disability is likely to present financial, mental and emotional issues. As a means to address the lost finances, one could apply for Social Security Disability. These funds could help offset the financial challenges caused by a disability; however, if one is able to return to work, the loss of these funds could present additional challenges, as one may not be able to return to work full-time or discover that they were not able to return to work yet.

Returning to work

When one is no longer able to work due to a disability, returning to work is the ultimate goal. One may not be able to do the work they once were able to; however, over time, treatment and rehabilitation, it may be able to obtain gainful employment. Nonetheless, returning to work can be challenging and emotional, as it is a major step. Additionally, one is likely concerned about their abilities to maintain a regular work schedule and how they would be able to survive if their SSD benefits stopped and they were no longer able to work again.

Ticket to work program

In simple terms, the ticket to work program is designed to help those receiving SSD benefits return to work after their medical condition has improved or stabilized. Additionally, this program gives a major incentive for these individuals to return to work. This includes protecting their SSD benefits and Medicare coverage while they begin to work again. These incentives are based on the amount one is earning monthly after they return to work. Thus, if an individual returns to work and earns more than $1,300 a month, they will likely use up their Trial Work Period and will no longer receive some or all of their benefits at the end of this period.

One is likely to have questions and need clarifications when it comes to Social Security Disability benefits. As such, it is imperative that one gains the information they need to properly navigate the application and continuation process. Even if one seeks to return to work, one should take the time to fully understand their rights to maintain benefits or clearly note when they would stop.