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Can I Get Disability Benefits If My Household Income is High?

Many government benefits programs are means-tested, so if you are disabled and hoping to receive disability income from the Social Security Administration, you may be wondering if this benefit is means-tested as well.

The answer depends upon which program you get your disability benefits through. Because the process of determining what benefits programs you are eligible for can be complicated, you should talk with a Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer to find out about your options. 

​Can You Get Disability Benefits with a Substantial Household Income

​Social Security Disability benefits are supposed to be only for people who are too disabled to work. As a result, if you engage in substantial gainful activity and earn too much monthly money, your claim for benefits could be denied. 

However, while you are not allowed to earn a lot of money while getting disability benefits, there may be others in your household earning money or you may have substantial assets even if you aren't able to work any longer. If you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you should still be eligible for benefits because this is not a means-tested program. 

However, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is means-tested so if your household income is too high or if you own too many assets, you will not be able to get disability income from this program. 

A Los Angeles disability benefits lawyer can assist you in understanding the rules for obtaining disability benefits so you should contact an experienced attorney for help as soon as you know you'll need the Social Security Administration to provide for you because you have become disabled. 

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Friday, 21 September 2018