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    Do You Need Help Comparing Your Work History to Your Health Limitations?

    In the five-step checklist for getting Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, first you’ve got to show you aren’t working.

    Then you’ve got to show you have severe health impairments, or impairments on a special list kept by Social Security.

    The fourth step—if you haven’t been approved for SSDI based on the severity of your health problems alone—is showing Social Security how your symptoms make it impossible to work in jobs where you have experience, your most recent relevant work.

    This means breaking down how your medical conditions limit your functioning and investigating what tasks were required by your past jobs. Then Social Security sees if you could no longer perform those tasks.

    This may seem far too formal. You just need financial help because you’re struggling with your health.

    To make this process friendlier to you, work with the Tulsa Social Security Disability lawyers at Troutman & Troutman.

    At a time when you’re feeling loss and pain, our disability attorneys believe you should get personal care for your disability claim.

    We’ve helped thousands of people across Oklahoma:

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    Folding his arms and wearing a safety vest and helmet, a man stands in front of a work truck at night. If you're able to work enough to equal what Social Security calls "substantial gainful activity," you may be denied disability benefits.

    Getting Disability Benefits: Can You Do “Substantial Gainful Activity?”

    Whether it’s your past work or any other kind of work, the core of proving you need SSDI benefits is showing that you aren’t able to work much.

    Social Security decides how much work is too much by looking for what it calls “substantial gainful activity,” or SGA.

    SGA is measured in dollars you earn in a month:

    • In 2023, SGA was set at $1,470 for most people.
    • It was $2,460 for people living with blindness

    If you earn more than that—or Social Security thinks you could—it will deny your benefits. (Every year the number adjusts upward a little to account for inflation.)

    It’s dangerous to try working for cash and not reporting it so it looks like you’re not exceeding substantial gainful activity. That could sink your disability claim—and get you in legal trouble.

    Some kinds of income—such as investment or rental income that doesn’t require much work on your part—are exempt from calculating whether you’re reaching SGA.

    Social Security Disability lawyers help you pin down the information you need for a successful disability claim—whether it’s about your last relevant work, whether your current work equals substantial gainful activity and more.

    You pay no fee to work with a disability lawyer. And your lawyer could help you get to the other side of this disability application, where you get financial relief and a more secure life.

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    Disability Attorneys Answer Your Questions about Social Security

    Your life has been disrupted by health problems. You’ve had to leave work. You’re worried about money. Social Security Disability benefits can provide relief, but they’re complicated. You’ve got a lot of questions. The Troutman & Troutman Tulsa disability lawyers have answers.

    SSD Questions & Answers »

    “After the waiting and frustrating denials on my disability claim, I hired the firm of Troutman & Troutman. I was given clear, concise information and reasonable expectations. I was not disappointed. I quickly received an approval on my claim. I recommend this firm.

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