Should You Work While on Disability?
Rather than asking "Can you work on disability?" perhaps you should ask, "Is it wise to work on disability?" instead. The answer to this question depends on your particular situation, so one general answer may not be suitable or applicable to everyone.
While proceeding through the process of filing for disability, many advocates recommend that you do not work, even if you stay within the guidelines set forth by the Social Security Administration. Judges in disability cases often develop negative feelings about a claim when they find out that the claimant has the capability to work.
Investigators for former employers, disgruntled ex-spouses, government agencies, and other entities may also check into your work habits and use your work against you in a variety of legal situations that may develop over the course of life.
Therefore, although permissible, working while on disability does not always present a wise decision on your part. If you continue to qualify for disability, you should seek legal and professional advice concerning whether they advise you to work, and what rules govern your work.