Substantial Gainful Activity

Disability affects around 36 million individuals in the United States, many of whom rely on Social Security disability benefits to support themselves. Getting Social Security disability benefits can be a difficult process, and many who apply are turned down every year. One of the reasons people are often turned down is the ability to perform what is called substantial gainful activity.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a disability and is in need of Social Security disability benefits, the Indianapolis Social Security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, can help. Our trusted attorneys have years of experience helping people get the benefits they need. Contact us today at 317-634-8565 to learn more about what we can do for you.

What is Substantial Gainful Activity?

Substantial gainful activity is defined as work that someone is able to perform which requires a certain level of physical and mental ability and which is gainful, meaning it brings, or is meant to bring, a certain level of income. Some important things to keep in mind about substantial gainful activity include:

  • The amount of income which qualifies as substantial gainful activity varies with the national wage average index. For the year 2012, the amount was $1010 per month.
  • The income threshold for substantial gainful activity is higher for individuals who are blind. In 2012, the monthly amount was $1690
  • Even if your disability is severe enough to meet the other requirements in the Social Security listing of impairments, doing substantial gainful activity will disqualify you from receiving benefits
  • Work does not necessarily have to be full time in order to qualify as substantial gainful activity

If a person is determined to be performing this type of work while they are applying for benefits, they will likely be turned down.

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The Indianapolis Social Security disability attorneys of the Hankey Law Office, P.C., are dedicated to helping clients get the benefits they need. To speak with an experienced attorney who can help you with every step of the application process, contact us at 317-634-8565 today.