SSD benefits and the ability to work

Many people in Missouri want to work to earn a living. However, for those living with a disability, their ability to work is hampered. Adding another complex layer to the matter is the fact that when a disabled individual returns to work, they may not be able to receive Social Security disability benefits.

Whether a person was injured in the workplace or not, suffering a disabling injury can be life-altering. In some cases, an injury can prevent a person from returning to work or doing tasks that they could prior to the injury. This is where Social Security Disability Benefits can be extremely valuable. These funds can help offset the financial losses caused by the inability to work, allowing a person to meet their basic living needs.

However, the inability to work does not mean a person does not want to work. Many still seek employment, even when they are unable to work. If a disabled worker returns to work or obtains employment at their previous level, then they are no longer eligible for SSD benefits. This can be problematic for some, as they may not be returning to work full-time or making what they once were prior to the disabling injury.

The inability to work due to a disabling condition is not only based on one’s abilities. It could also be based on one’s treatment plan. A treatment schedule for an injury could be very disruptive and make it impossible for the injured worker to work a normal schedule. Thus, SSD benefits could serve them while they are receiving treatment.

Obtaining SSD benefits is often necessary following an injury. It can be an overwhelming and confusing task to take on; thus, it is vital to explore one’s rights and seek guidance when needed.


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Military Law
Family Law
Social Security Disability
Worker’s Compensation
Personal Injury