Strange as it may seem, you can be denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if you are making too much money. How?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a number called Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA), which is the amount of money you can make each month while still being eligible for benefits. The SSA assumes that if you make more than this amount, you are capable of competing for gainful employment and thus do not need any benefits.

The SGA can change annually, but at the time of this writing the SSA has set it at $1000/month for people who are not blind and $1640 for people who are blind.

If you exceed the SGA, you will most likely receive a denial.

If you’re denied Social Security Disability benefits, what can you do? You can either give up (which wouldn’t help anyone), file another claim (which has the same likelihood of denial), or appeal. The appeals process can help you secure the benefits you need, but it helps tremendously to have an attorney on your side. Let our SSDI attorneys know if you’ve been denied and want to move forward with an appeal.