Many people in North Carolina have questions about qualifying for Social Security disability. Are you allowed to work? Do you have to be out of work for an entire year? The law can be a little difficult to navigate, but here’s what you need to know about qualifying for Social Security disability.
How can you qualify for Social Security disability?
Social Security disability is meant to replace income for people who can’t work due to their disabilities. If you can continue to work, even if it’s only part-time, you probably won’t qualify for SSD. However, if your mental or physical disabilities make it impossible to work, you can consider applying for SSD.
A common misconception about SSD states that you have to be out of work for a year to qualify. Technically, a disability is defined as a condition that prevents you from working and earning income for a year or more. However, this doesn’t mean that you actually have to be out of work for a year. You can apply for SSD if you suspect that your disabilities are severe enough to keep you out of work for a year. In fact, you can apply for SSD as soon as you become disabled.
In some cases, you might be able to work and collect SSD at the same time. However, this option is only available to people earning a small amount of income. Additionally, you’ll only qualify for SSD if you need significant assistance to complete your job.
Who can help you apply for SSD benefits?
Applying for SSD can be a complex process. If your claim is denied, you might not understand why. An attorney may be able to help you apply for SSD and provide evidence showing that your disability has made it impossible to work.