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    It Comes Down to Whether You’re Doing “Substantial Gainful Activity,” or SGA.

    Serious health problems have knocked you down. You can’t do many activities that used to be routine.

    In this situation, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits could provide financial relief. The monthly income would make your life much easier.

    But you don’t get disability benefits for having health impairments alone. You qualify for benefits when your impairments mean you cannot work more than a minimal amount.

    Verifying that you’re unable to work is the first step in the multi-part process of proving that you’re eligible for Social Security Disability.

    Social Security uses a concept it calls “substantial gainful activity,” or SGA, to decide whether your ability to work meets the disability benefit requirements.

    You can get help documenting and proving your claim to Social Security from the Tulsa disability lawyers at Troutman & Troutman.

    We’re a service-oriented law firm devoted to helping others in our Oklahoma home. For over 30 years, we’ve helped thousands of fellow Oklahomans.

    Contact us anywhere in the state, including:

    Disability Law Is All We Do.

    Under warehouse lights, a man puts on his work gloves. Certain limited options allow you to keep working while qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits.

    Ways to Work and Still Have the Option of Disability Benefits

    While working usually would threaten your disability benefits, some exceptions do exist:

    • Trial Work Period. Social Security allows you to test out whether you can return to work after you’ve already been receiving disability benefits. That way, if you find your health still makes working impossible, your disability benefits continue. You can attempt to work for a total of nine months over a 60-month period and keep your benefits.
    • Extended Period of Eligibility. After you’ve used up your trial work time, you can still get disability benefits over a 36-month period in any month that you don’t work enough for SGA.
    • Expedited Reinstatement. If your SSDI benefits stop completely because you’re able to perform substantial gainful activity, you could still get your benefits restarted quickly within the next five years if physical or mental conditions once again push you out of work.

    It can feel like a cold process, dealing with these legalistic hurdles just to get help because you’re struggling with your health.

    The Troutman disability attorneys are here to give you the personal attention you deserve. We believe in building relationships with our clients.

    Let us help you get back on solid ground.

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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 »

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