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Posted in: Social Security Disability on December 7th, 2011

benefitsObtaining Social Security disability benefits can be a tedious process. Besides seemingly endless paperwork requirements and the high possibility of rejection one or more times, many people give up on the process. One of the biggest hurdles is the application process. If you are one of the lucky ones who has successfully navigated applying for Social Security you may be wondering what to do next.

After The Application

Although many people don’t want to hear it there are really only two things you can do after you have applied for disability benefits: wait or work. The Social Security Administration must process thousands of disability applications each week, which is why the process is so back logged. It is important to remain patient and not stress over the status of your application. It is not uncommon for it to take six months before receiving notification of your benefits claim.  In all reality, there is nothing you can do to speed up the process once you have turned in your paperwork.

If you aren’t the best at being still and waiting, then get to work. Yes! You can work while you are waiting to be approved for disability benefits. It is a misconception that working will interfere with your chances of securing benefits. Social Security rules dictate that work that is considered not “substantial” does not affect your benefits decision. However, you are limited to a monthly income of $900 or less, $1500 if you are blind. Non-substantial work is considered that which is low physical impact or stress.  Why is this allowed? The Social Security Administration wants everyone to be as self-sufficient as possible, which is why they have made some exceptions for people to work while they wait and even after they receive benefits.



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