Preparing and filing a Social Security Disability Insurance claim in Fremont is no easy task. While proving your medical condition may seem obvious, there are also many technical requirements that must be carefully observed in order to ensure that your claim is accepted. One such requirement is that you not have earned too much money to be eligible. Earning less than the outlined amount demonstrates that you are unable to perform what is referred to as “substantial gainful activity.”

What is substantial gainful activity?

  1. In 2014, an individual who is not blind cannot have earned more than $1,070 to be eligible for benefits. If the individual is blind, that amount increases to $1,800. Earning more than these amounts tells the agency that you must not be disabled.
  2. The agency will take into consideration the type of work being performed when making a decision about substantial gainful activity. Volunteer activities, on call hours, and criminal hours can all be factored into the substantial gainful activities assessment.
  3. An applicant can argue that his wages would have been less if different circumstances existed. For example, the applicant may try to show that he would have earned significantly less money if not for special assistance that was required from other employees.
  4. Generally, if you are making over the outlined threshold, your claim will be denied before your medical condition is even taken into consideration.

As with all other aspects of the Social Security disability process, determining substantial gainful activity can be complex. Fortunately, you do not have to navigate the process alone. For an evaluation by a skilled Social Security disability lawyer, send us an email.

Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska
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