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Talk to Someone Who Helps when You’re in a Tight Spot

We know it sounds crazy, but if you are working much at all, even at reduced hours, even if you’re making hardly any money at all, you still may not be approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

You have to stop working, or at least cut way back on work. Otherwise, they’ll deny you.

People who contact our Social Security Disability law firm in Alabama often can’t believe this. How can you be punished for working? How are you supposed to support yourself while you apply for disability benefits?

The fact is, if you’re working, Social Security may think you don’t qualify for disability benefits. They’ll figure your health must not be bad enough because you can work. It’s a vicious circle.

Are you looking for someone who understands the tight spot you’re in, and can help? You’ve found her with Social Security Disability lawyer Abbey Clarkson.

Abbey and her team know how hard this is. So not only do we help you get disability benefits that will make your life easier after health problems dragged you down, we’ll offer support and ideas to help you through the process it takes to get there.

The Clarkson Firm has helped thousands of people in Birmingham, Gadsden, Montgomery, Mobile, throughout North Alabama, the Black Belt, and the Gulf Coast—also in Chattanooga, all of Tennessee, and the Southeast.

In a workplace setting, two men wearing safety vests and hardhats talk to each other. The Alabama disability lawyers at The Clarkson Firm can point people to resources for getting by while waiting for disability benefits.

If I Can’t Work While Waiting for Disability Benefits, How Do I Manage?

What makes this process so hard is that it can take many months—sometimes a year or longer—to get a disability decision. And approval isn’t guaranteed.

How are you supposed to support yourself while waiting to hear about your SSDI?

Most Americans are only a few missed paychecks away from being in real financial trouble.

To get ready for the long haul of seeking disability benefits, our disability law team points people to these options and more:

  • Make a claim for short-term or long-term disability insurance from a private insurance company, if your job has that option.
  • Rely more on your spouse’s income, if possible.
  • Use a source of income other than working, such as rental property, if you have it.
  • See what help you could get from friends and family as you go through this process.
  • Learn about community resources that could help you get by while you wait.

Now, for people already receiving disability benefits, there is a way to test whether you can go back to work without losing your benefits. Social Security allows you nine months of “trial work period” time during which you can keep receiving SSDI.

After that time, you go into an “extended period of eligibility” for 36 months. During this time, you would lose disability benefits in any month that you earn more than SGA; but you get benefits back in any month when you don’t hit SGA.

Decisions about quitting your job, applying for disability benefits, and surviving while you wait for a disability decision are extremely difficult.

The goal of our disability attorney is to get you past this hardship and into a situation of more peace and stability.

Let’s talk about what you can do next.

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How Does Social Security Disability Work? Get Answers.

Social Security Disability is a huge, complicated program that often doesn’t seem like it cares much about you and your needs. Can’t get answers to your questions? Your disability attorney from The Clarkson Firm is the one who truly cares and guides you. Talk to us.

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