Substantial Gainful Activity
The SSA defines “substantial gainful activity” as “work activity that involves doing significant physical or mental activities… work activity that you do for pay or profit. Work activity is gainful if it is the kind of work usually done for pay or profit, whether or not a profit is realized.” This definition may leave you with the impression that only some work-like activities are considered substantial gainful activity. This is not the case. Most activities that you might do for pay are considered substantial gainful activity and even some activities that you do not do for pay might be classified as a “work-like activity” that could be done for profit and therefore it is a substantial gainful activity.

Substantial Gainful Activity is the minimum level of work that a person can perform to be considered productive. It is important to keep in mind that if the SSA determines you are capable of performing any task that is considered substantial gainful activity the SSA will find you ineligible for disability benefits. Even if you are working on a part-time basis, the amount of wages earned from this activity may disqualify you from receiving disability benefits.

It is important for a disabled person to clearly demonstrate they have met the criteria to be considered disabled by the SSA. Do not assume that because you cannot perform your previous jobs due to your disability that you will be considered eligible for benefits. You must be classified as disabled from performing any work-like activity that might result in substantial gainful activity. Every year the SSA redefines the amount of money an individual can earn and remain below the level considered to be substantial gainful activity. Due to the difficulties of meeting the standard of disability and staying below the level of substantial gainful activity as defined by the SSA, many applicants secure the representation of a legal professional specializing in Social Security law. Click here for a free claim evaluation.

Impairment Related Work Expenses
Impairment related work expenses are out-of-pocket expenditures that are made as a result of your disability so that you are able to work. Examples of these expenses are medical devices, service animals, medicine, medical supplies and items such as syringes or bandages. For the expenses to be considered an “impairment related work expense” it must not be reimbursed by your employer or medical insurance, it must be related to your disability, and it must be required for you to successfully complete the tasks required of you at your job. Doctor visits and attendant care paid for out of pocket can also be considered an impairment related work expense if it is required to prepare you for work, transport you to work, or attend to needs related to your disability while you are at work. Transportation to work, vehicle modifications, or modifications to your home may also be calculated as impairment related work expenses. A qualified representative can assist you with all work related questions. Contact us to have an advocate or attorney evaluate your case.
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