If you live in the Rhinelander or Northwoods area and have applied for, or are considering applying for Social Security Disability, here are some possible questions you may have (This information is general, so please consult with a lawyer regarding the specifics of your situation):
Who is eligible for Social Security Disability? Generally, a worker insured under the Social Security Act is disabled if they are unable to engage in “substantial gainful activity” due to an impairment or combination of impairments either physical or mental. Your medical condition that causes the impairment must have lasted at least 12 months, or be expected to last 12 months by your doctor.
How Severe Must My Impairment(s) Be? Your impairment(s) must be severe enough to significantly affect your ability to work. Social Security will first check to see if any of your impairments are on a list of impairments that they maintain. If it is, you may be found disabled at this stage of the process. If not, you may still be disabled if you can show that the severity of your impairment prevents you from performing any past work you have done, and also from performing any other work that exists in substantial numbers in the state or national economy.
Can I Apply for Social Security Disability While Still Employed? A person who works part time and earns an amount not considered to constitute “substantial gainful activity” could still be disabled. If you earn $1,170.00 in gross income or less per month in 2017, you may still be eligible to claim disability under Social Security regulations. These threshold amounts normally change each year so please check the current guidelines or call an attorney. If you continue to work and are earning quite a bit more than the threshold amount, then you normally cannot be found disabled so long as you maintain the ability to sustain Substantial Gainful Activity, even though you may be in pain or have great difficulty. Please consult with a lawyer regarding your specific situation.
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