Are you able to work and apply for Social Security Disability?

The rules on work and disability are complex.

The simple answer is: sometimes.

Social Security rules allow part-time work as long as it is below a certain amount of gross earnings.

Remember, gross earnings is the amount before taxes or anything else is taken out.

This year you are allowed to make up to $1010.00 gross per month.

The problem with part-time work before your hearing is that the Administrative Law Judge will sometimes treat part-time work as indicating that you are able to work full time.

There is often a large leap between working part-time and full time, however I have seen Judges who will say if you can do it part-time then you can do it full time.

Of course, full time work requires consistent attendance and high concentration and productivity throughout the day.

The type of work will make a big difference also.

If you are standing and walking and lifting 20 pounds and above or working a highly skilled job, then you are probably not going to win your case.

After you win your Social Security case you have some more freedom to work.

The $1010.10 gross per month is still the limit.

And you must report your earnings to Social Security.

Questions about your Social Security case? Feel free to contact Illinois Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.