I've been in three very bad car accidents where someone has hit me. Add to that I've hurt my back at work a few times in the past. I've had 2 x-rays, an MRI, physical therapy, and now my doctor says I have to find a specialist because they can't pinpoint what is wrong. This was all in Virginia, and now I've moved to Washington state and became my mothers caregiver. My problem is it doesn't pay enough and I need a second job, but my body is in no shape for a second job. I'm struggling to take care of us both. I don't want to lose my job with her(paid by the government) but I also cannot afford to just work for her. Is there such a thing as partial disability or ANYTHING else that I could look into for help? I cant seem to find a job that I can physically keep up with after caring for her?
This question was posted under Social Security. Social Security does not have a partial disability program. You're either disabled or not disabled. However, there are some people who can technically qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits if the amount they earn is below what is considered Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA). SGA is currently $1070 a month. If you engage in SGA, you are not disabled. If you earn less than SGA then you may qualify for SSD, but it will likely reduce your chances of getting approved for benefits. Consult with a Social Security Disability attorney to see if you may have a claim for SSD or SSI benefits. You can use Avvo to search for attorneys. Most offer free consultations. Best of luck to you.
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Check with your state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services to see how they can help you train and be placed in a job that you can do. If they can't help, then you can use that for Social Security.
Unfortunately, Social Security does not pay for partial disability. You are either disabled or you are not. However, if you can not work FT (and assuming you are earning less than $1070/mo), you may be able to prove you are legally disabled as per SSA definition, and claim your SSDI benefits while still caring for your mom.
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Call DSHS they are the state agency that can help. You should also probably speak to an attorney about the 3 crashes as there may be some personal injury money you could be entitled to. Most of them take cases on contingent fee.
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