If you have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance and/or SSI benefits, then either you have been forced to stop working entirely or are making and doing less that what Social Security calls “substantial gainful activity.” Whether you are disabled in Social Security’s view is tied directly to your physical and mental ability to perform work activities. In order for your attorney to help you on your claim for benefits your attorney needs to know immediately if you perform any work for money while your claim is pending. It is even a better idea to talk to your attorney before you return to work in any capacity – – including self-employment! That way your lawyer can advise you on how this work may affect your claim.
If you think your health has improved while your claim is pending and you believe there may be work you can perform at some point, please tell your attorney. If you are our client, we’ll certainly help you any way we can. You may want to consider contacting Georgia Vocational Services (or your state’s equivalent of this agency) to inquire about retraining for lighter or different work than that you have performed in the past. People are generally happier and make more money working for pay rather than when forced to rely on Social Security Disability Insurance and/or SSI because their physical and mental health prevents them from working. So talk to us about plans of returning to the workforce if you are fortunate enough that your health improves. Health improvement is always welcome news! Remember that working will likely impact your pending Social Security disability case in some way, so always discuss it with your attorney.