I lost an eye when I was 17, overcame it to have a good career in construction. The last 20 years as a heavy haul driver. But at nearly 50, I am now expireancing the beginning symptoms of macular degeneration.
You are allowed to work and still claim to be disabled, however, there are strict limits on the amount you can earn. For 2016 the absolute maximum is $1130 per month gross but even if you get anywhere near that number the SSA may feel you can work just a bit harder.
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I agree with the other attorney. You should call an experienced local attorney and go over the details. A lot of my clients work part-time and get SSD. But, even part-time work can be a hurdle to get over when trying to get benefits. I definitely agree that if you are close to the gainful employment limit, it will be that much harder. Regardless, call a good attorney and discuss your options. Also, you need to talk to someone about whether you may qualify for long term disability.
I agree with my colleagues, and will add that once you turn 50, your odds of being approved do improve. I have appeared at hearings in Butte. The judges are quite tough. I always recommend that people use attorneys who devote the majority of their practice to Social Security Disability. This is especially true in places like Butte. Best of luck.
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Unless you are unable to work an application for Social Security is futile. If you were to call my firm for a consultation I would advise you that we have never seen a successful application for someone who is currently working. The administrative law judge always finds that, even if you are earning less than the limited income my colleagues have mentioned, the claimant is "Self limiting" and could thus earn enough to meet the substantial gainful activity if you choose. If indeed you can no longer work, go ahead and apply.
Under the situation you describe, it is doubtful you would be able to make a successful claim for disability benefits.
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