Substantial Gainful Activity
When applying for Social Security disability benefits, substantial gainful activity (SGA) is used as a factor to decide if you have a disability. SGA is also used as a factor to decide if your disability continues when you are already receiving benefits (except during the trial work period). The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a complicated earnings guideline to evaluate the claimant’s work activity to decide whether the work activity is SGA and whether they will qualify for disability under the law. If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced Milwaukee Disability Attorney who has a thorough understanding of the complex Social Security disability laws and guidelines.
The SSA defines SGA as the performance of significant physical and/or mental activities in work for pay or profit, or in work of a type generally performed for pay or profit, regardless of the legality of the work. For claimants who are self-employed, the SSA carefully looks at the work activity and its value to the business, even if the claimant is working at a loss.
The SSA evaluates the work activity of persons claiming or receiving disability benefits. In making SGA determinations, the SSA will review information from the claimant’s employer and/or may refer the case for a medical determination to determine whether the individual continues to have a disabling condition. The claims representative will also request information from the individual and his/her employer regarding extra support and supervision supplied, and special accommodations and arrangements made, to enable individuals to obtain and maintain employment.
Overall, the Social Security disability claims process is a long journey that is stressful for almost all applicants. However, a knowledgeable Milwaukee Disability Attorney will be able to properly and efficiently handle your claims process so that you can have some peace of mind while waiting for your Social Security disability claims to be processed.
For more information, contact Milwaukee disability attorney Tom Bush.