Disabled individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits may have many questions they need answered including if they can work while receiving benefits. This, and the eligibility requirements to receive Social Security disability benefits, are important for disabled individuals and their family members to understand and be familiar with.

Social Security disability benefits are available to disabled individuals who are suffering from a disability that prevents them from engaging in substantial gainful activity. In addition, the medical condition causing the disability must be expected to last for 12 months or longer or result in death. Finally, disabled applicants must meet the work history requirements to qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

In terms of performing some limited type of work activity while receiving Social Security disability benefits, disabled individuals earning less than $880 per month may still qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits. To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, the disabled individual’s medical condition must prevent them from performing basic activities such as walking, lifting and remembering which generally prevents them from being able to work other than in a limited capacity. There is also a trial work period that may be available that disabled applicants should be familiar with.

Social Security disability benefits serve as an important safety net that workers have paid into over time. As a result, disabled individuals and their family members should be familiar with this important protection and how it can help them with their daily needs as they negotiate life with their disability.