Many disabled individuals count on the Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits that they receive to help them pay for their essentials such as housing, utilities and food. Many recipients of these funds thus wouldn't want to do anything that would impact their eligibility for these benefits. A change in a recipient's disabling condition or their return to the workforce may cause SSD or SSI payments to be reduced or denied though.
One common reason that the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies SSD or SSI payments is because an individual ceases to classified as disabled by them.
Individuals must meet very strict guidelines to be classified as having a disability by the SSA. They must have a disability that's terminal or expected to last longer than 12 months. The condition that the applicant has must be listed on the SSA's Listing of Impairments. It must also prevent them from performing the same work that they previously did and impact their ability to carry out regular work activities.
Recipients are re-evaluated at varying intervals from as little as every six months up to every few years depending on the severity of their condition and any prior prognosis reports. If the evaluating doctor determines that a recipient's condition has improved and that they're able to work, then they may lose their SSD or SSI benefits.
If you return to work while receiving SSD or SSI, then you may lose your benefits. If your disabling condition is improved and you're considering learning new skills so that you can transition into a new field of work, then you may benefit from taking part in the SSA's Ticket to Work (TTW) program.
The SSA may assist you in finding subsidized training opportunities where you can learn skills to transition into a new career that's in a different field from the one that you previously worked in as part of the TTW program.
You should understand that once you start working, you'll immediately put your eligibility to receive SSD or SSI benefits in peril. This is especially the case if you earn beyond a certain threshold.
A Social Security Disability attorney here in Goldsboro can review your case and advise you of your prospect of receiving benefits in North Carolina. They can let you know what may cause them to be withdrawn from you as well.