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Sheltered Work And Substantial Gainful Activity

By Kenton Koszdin on August 31, 2018 | In Disability Insurance

Sheltered Work And Substantial Gainful Activity

Social Security’s decision as to whether an individual is disabled is reached by first determining if an applicant can engage in “Substantial Gainful Activity” (SGA). The Social Security Administration (SSA) adjusts the amount of monthly earnings considered as “Substantial Gainful Activity” annually. Anyone who is unable to engage in substantial gainful activity is eligible to receive disability benefits. Individuals earning more than a certain monthly threshold amount are engaging in SGA.

The amount of monthly earnings considered as substantial gainful activity is dependent upon the nature of the disability. The Social Security Act provides for a higher amount of substantial gainful activity for statutorily blind individuals. SGA for blind individuals does not apply to Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SGA for the non-blind disabled applies to both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI benefits.

In 2018, this is $1,180 for non-blind disabled applicants and $1,970 for blind applicants. In 2017, the SGA amount was $1,170 for non-blind disabled applicants and $1,950 for blind applicants. In 2016, the SGA threshold amount for non-blind individuals was $1,130 and for blind individuals was $1,820.

There is an exception to the rule of substantial gainful activity whereby an individual may be receiving more monthly earnings than the SGA threshold, will still be considered disabled and eligible for disability benefits.

This special circumstance is known as the “sheltered work” or “special environment” exception and applies to the scenario where a worker is offered a special opportunity by an employer that typically does not exist for the same employer’s other employees. For example, an employer may allow a particular worker to have a job with flexible hours, which accommodates the individual’s disability.

The more information that applicants for disability benefits possess about how the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers and evaluates their type of disability, the more prepared they will be for the sometimes long and arduous road to benefit eligibility. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office provides experienced representation in all types of disability cases, including Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation. If you have any questions or concerns about any kind of disability cases, including Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation, call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today! We even offer free in-home consultations! Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. We look forward to hearing from you. Se habla espańol!

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