Returning to work and your SSD benefits

Suffering an unexpected injury is already stressful enough, but especially when it impacts your ability to work. Fortunately, you have options like Social Security Disability benefits that can provide financial support.

After some time away from work to heal and recover, you may feel the desire to return to work. However, what does this decision mean for your SSD benefits? Will returning to work compromise your eligibility?

Trial work period

You can reach out to the Social Security Administration and inform them of your desire to return to work. A trial work period typically lasts about 9 months. During this time, you can assess your situation along with your employer to determine which modifications will allow you to resume your work responsibilities. Throughout your trial work period, you will receive at least a portion of your benefits.

After your trial work period ends the Social Security Administration will determine whether or not your benefits will continue. If your return to work is successful, but you still need modifications, you may receive ongoing support to offset the costs of those changes.

Communication is key

Communicating any changes to your situation to the Social Security Administration will prevent the disappointment of severed benefits due to miscommunication. According to the Social Security Administration, you uphold the responsibility of updating them as your medical condition improves.

Returning to work without telling them could not only compromise your benefits completely but create legal trouble as well. Staying in communication with them can also give you access to ongoing support such as work incentives they provide to help you transition back to the workplace.

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