The attorneys at Cardinal Law Partners help Social Security disability help claimants pursue benefits at every level of the process. The time frame for a claimant to be approved for disability benefits can take as long as several years. For this reason, it is important to have a good understanding of what the Social Security disability program requires in order to have the best chance of being approved. Cardinal Law Partners has the experience to help claimants navigate the application process.
To be approved for Social Security disability benefits, a claimant must be unable to earn approximately $1,200.00 per month. This earnings baseline is called substantial gainful activity, or SGA. Individuals that are working and are able to earn SGA are not eligible to be approved for Social Security disability benefits.
Working and earning less than substantial gainful activity does not disqualify a claimant from being approved for disability benefits. Income that individuals receive, such as income from investments, does not affect a claimant’s eligibility for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration will no doubt want information about any income a claimant receives. However, the Social Security Administration is ultimately interested in determining how much in wages a claimant receives or is capable of receiving.
There are situations where the Social Security Administration recognizes that the income a claimant receives may not necessarily demonstrate the value of the work performed. For instance, there are times when friends or family members of individuals with disabilities will pay claimants more than they would pay other workers. These situations are called subsidized employment or sheltered workshops. The key question is whether the actual work performed exceeds substantial gainful activity.
Sometimes, the work performed qualifies as a sheltered workshop not because the claimant receives more in wages than what the position would normally pay, but because the claimant receives extra considerations that other workers would never get. This may include more time to complete tasks or even the ability to miss more work than would normally be allowed.
Cardinal Law Partners handles cases at all levels of a Social Security disability claim. We understand that individuals were severe disabilities are still sometimes capable of performing some type of work. We also understand that friends and family members will often help impaired workers. We do our best to protect the claimant’s rights by obtaining documentation on disability claimants that receive an income.
Do not hesitate to schedule a FREE case evaluation with an experienced Social Security disability attorney if you are looking for help on the details of a disability claim. We can be contacted online through our website or even through our toll free number.