Because Social Security disability cases can take up to two years from filing date to hearing date, you may decide to try to go back to work. In this post I will explain what you need to know about post disability filing work attempts and how these work attempts impact the onset date for your disability claim.
Return to Work Full Time After Filing
If you are able to return to work full time after filing, your disability case will effectively be over. Since Social Security defines disability in terms of your capacity to work, you cannot be found disabled if you are working. There are a couple of exceptions to this rule:
- if you missed more than 12 consecutive months of work before you returned to work you can pursue a closed period of disability. 1 If you win your closed period case you can recover a lump sum but not on-going benefits.
- simply returning to work full time does not automatically disqualify you. Generally you must last at least 3 months at your job before that work effort will be considered successful. Therefore, do not dismiss your case until you are fairly certain that you will be able to work ongoing
I would not dismiss your claim without first talking to your lawyer.