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Returning To Work While On Disability

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Jan 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

For people collecting Social Security disability benefits, the question may arise: should I go back to work? The answer starts with the inquiry as to whether your disabling conditions have improved.  If

Was I Really Ready For This?

you are not healthy enough to return to full-time work, there is no decision to make.

Options For Going Back To Work

If, however, you have gotten better and want to return to work, there are several ways to do it. A recent article in Kiplinger lays out the various options.  If you are considering returning to work, it is worth your time to read this article.  In it, you will discover that Social Security has a variety of programs designed to ease your return to employment. The main program is the so-called Ticket To Work (TTW.)

A Carrot And A Stick

The terms of TTW are attractive, including keeping your Medicare coverage even if your disability benefits end.  But, keep in mind that every carrot has a stick.TTW is designed to get you off of disability. If you dip a toe into this program, Social Security will take note. The chances that they will review your case and unilaterally cut off your benefits will increase.

Be Sure Before You Start

I suggest that you not partake in such programs as TTW unless you are rather certain you are ready to

Look Before You Leap

go back to work. If you are, TTW can make that transition easier. But, if you are only pondering the possibility, I would avoid TTW and other programs like it. Wait until you are certain you can work again. 

Have you gone back to work after being disabled? Did you participate in TTW? How did it go? Let me know. 

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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