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Q
What will happen if I try to go back to work? Is that bad for my Social Security claim?

A
Returning to work is a situation that is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Going back to work at all, even part-time, may be seen as evidence you are able to return to work fulltime. However, work is not always a negative in your claim.

If you return to work for less than six months, but find that you are unable to tolerate the demands of work and, because of your medical conditions, have to stop working, Social Security may consider the work to be an unsuccessful work attempt. This would not adversely impact your disability claim, and may demonstrate to Social Security that you were willing to go back to work, but that your disabilities prevented you from maintaining fulltime employment.

On the other hand, if you are able to successfully return to work, but you were previously out of work for at least twelve consecutive months, you may be eligible for a closed period of benefits. This means that you may be eligible for benefits for the time you were out of work, but not for the months since your return to work.

The impact of work on a pending Social Security disability claim depends on the specific facts of your claim. That's why it's critical to give your lawyer the most updated information about your work status. This will allow you to get the best information and advice on your claim.

John L. Keefe
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