Are People Who Can Work Collecting Disability Benefits?

One longtime issue that has plagued the Social Security disability system involves claims that there are people who can work collecting disability benefits instead of getting a job.

Recently, some have argued that the decline of the number of prime working age men in our country’s workforce is proof that people who can work are collecting disability benefits. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, in 1967, 96.6 percent of prime-age men (ages 25 to 54) were a part of the US workforce. However, currently, 88.8 percent of prime-age men are part of the American workforce. While some are blaming Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for this decline, the numbers do not back up their claims.

Per Council of Economic Advisors data, increases in the number of SSDI beneficiaries is only responsible for 0.1 percent of the decline of prime-age men’s participation in the US labor force since 1967. Researchers instead point to less good jobs being available for people without bachelor’s degrees and overly strict criminal justice policies as being the reason for the decline in labor force participation amongst prime-age men.

Are People Allowed to Work and Receive Disability Benefits?

As Tulsa disability attorney Steve Troutman explains in this video, in most cases, people are not allowed to work if they receive Social Security disability. However, there are situations where people can work and collect disability benefits.

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2 Responses to Are People Who Can Work Collecting Disability Benefits?

  1. Doug Bell says:

    Hello my name is Doug Bell I turn 60 November 27th 2016 I had a bypass December 20 2015 I can no longer do the job that I was trained for many years ago as a sub arc welder . I do not want to be a burden on the social security system but I don’t know if I qualify for Social Security or not I have a 15 year old daughter that desperately needs my income. I don’t know what to do.

    • Troutman & Troutman, P.C. says:

      Doug, we are sorry to hear this. We cannot guarantee that you will qualify for Social Security disability. However, as long as you are in the area we serve, which is Tulsa and most of Northeast Oklahoma, we can discuss your situation with you. We may be able to help you figure out whether you are eligible for disability benefits or not, and from there, we could explain what your best options are moving forward. Please give us a call at (918) 587-0050 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free consultation with us today.

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