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Should I Try To Work?

When it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) claims, it is impossible to give one piece of advice that is right for everyone. What is right for you depends on your situation, and the only way that you can be sure you're making the right decision is to talk about it with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who is familiar with the law and can apply it to your facts and circumstances.

At The Disability Law Office of Jeffrey S. Lichtman, LLC, I encourage clients to talk with me and my team about their cases. My team can provide solid advice about whether you should work, and we can handle your claim in a way that is most likely to yield positive results.

Most of the time, it is much better to work than to apply for disability. A job is often easier to get than SSDI or SSI benefits, and it typically pays more too. If you can go to work, having a job is the most effective way to put food on your table and keep a roof over your head. Period.

However, if you get a job and find that you cannot keep up or do the job effectively and that working makes your physical disorder or mental disorder much more unmanageable, a job just might not work out.

A famous poet once said that "It's better to have tried and failed than to live life wondering what would've happened." I believe this is true when it comes to employment. You may not be able to work successfully. If this happens, at least you will know that you gave it your best effort.

When the Social Security Administration asks about your ability to work, you will have a clear answer — you can tell them that you can't work. You can tell them that you know this for a fact because you tried, and you can tell them exactly what tasks you can and cannot do, based upon your experience from having tried to work in spite of your condition, illness or injury.

Contact The Firm For A Free Consultation

If you are a person who has been out of work or who is expected to remain out of work for at least one year, you may be entitled to disability benefits through either the SSDI or SSI program. I encourage you to contact The Disability Law Office of Jeffrey S. Lichtman, LLC, for a free and confidential consultation with an attorney. Call 215-731-1150 or toll free at 800-346-7600 or contact me online.