Things to Consider About Returning to Work While Collecting Disability in NJ
Most injured employees in Morristown are eager to get back to work. However, just because they are able to punch a clock does not mean their injury is fully healed. Many have to ease back into a full day’s work, often taking jobs that are less demanding than their previous occupations—all the while worrying that they will lose their Social Security disability benefits.
Here are a few things you need to know about working while collecting New Jersey disability benefits:
- Will my benefits stop on the day I go back to work? It’s hard to know how your injury will adjust to being back on the job. That’s why the Social Security Administration provides a trial period for those returning to work. You will continue to receive full disability benefits (in addition to your work wages) for the first nine months after you return to work. In that time, you must decide how much your injury will limit your ability to earn a living.
- Will my benefits be canceled after the trial period? If you are able to earn a livable wage, your Social Security disability benefits will be discontinued. However, if you receive Social Security health benefits, they will continue to be paid regardless of your employment status.
- What if I can return to work on a part-time basis? As long as your salary is not considered “substantial” by the Social Security Administration, you can still receive benefits as a part-time employee for up to for three years.
- If I start working but my injury worsens, do I have to reapply for benefits? Your benefits information is on file and valid for five years. If your condition recurs and you must leave work again in that timeframe, you can receive benefits without reapplying.
- Who can I turn to for help if my disability payments stop? If your benefits were discontinued while you were still unable to work, the legal team at Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can give you the New Jersey social security benefits help you need--and we will not charge you anything unless we win your case.
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