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SSD: the purpose of your trial work period

On Behalf of | Jan 14, 2021 | SSDI

Social security disability can provide financial relief as you navigate the changes in your life resulting from your inability to work. Receiving approval for SSD benefits will allow you to focus on your recovery, but it may not remove your desire to return to work. 

Regularly updating the Social Security Administration of your intentions can prevent the disappointment of losing your benefits for not following the rules. 

Testing your abilities

Despite your desire to return to work, dealing with a debilitating injury could compromise your ability to resume your former job. You may face several challenges including the following: 

  • Atrophy of critical skills 
  • Job unavailability 
  • Learning how to manage your injury at work 
  • Ongoing medical care 

This is why the Social Security Administration allows you to assess your ability to work both comfortably and effectively before completely removing your SSD benefits. According to U.S. News, a trial work period enables you to revisit the idea of working. Once you reach a certain income level, reassessment of your condition will determine whether or not your benefits will continue. 

Working with confidence

Utilizing your opportunity for a trial work period can remove some of the stress of a reduced income. With the continued support of your SSD benefits, you can focus your efforts on strengthening your skills and reestablishing your confidence at work. 

You can also use this time to participate in educational opportunities and draw upon rehabilitation resources to help you improve your ability to perform your job with ease. A trial work period is an excellent opportunity for you to collaborate with your employer to test modifications to find a solution that allows you to work comfortably and safely despite your disability.