Here at Disability Associates, a disability law firm in Towson, Maryland we are often asked the question can I work for a union and still apply for social security disability benefits? Well, we wanted to take the time today to answer this question.

Can I work for a Union and Still Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?

In the office at Disability Associates we received a call from someone who wanted to know if working for a union would have any effect on applying for Social Security disability benefits.

The answer basically is no will not have an effect. Now you have lots of benefits working for a union and perhaps through your union you are receiving some type of short term or long-term disability. But that’s no different than people that work for non-union companies who have a private short term or long-term disability plan and the fact that you may be receiving some type of disability through your employer or through your union doesn’t affect it at all your ability to apply for Social Security disability benefits.

Now if you are receiving private disability it may ultimately affect the amount of your back payment. From this point of view there may be some payback that you have to give to that insurance company or whoever is paying your long term or short-term disability but that’s something that you need to look at in each case. What you have to do is simply ask for a copy of the plan I approved it or the policy and review it to see what it says about what happens once you for disability through Social Security. But the fact that you are a union member that you may receive some benefits through your union that will not affect in a negative way your ability to apply for Social Security disability benefits. You absolutely can apply and you should.

Now we know that some unions provide legal counsel and you know you can certainly talk to whoever the legal counsel is for your union to find out if he or she is somebody who is experienced in Social Security disability and consider them as a lawyer that you might want to retain to represent you. But if they’re not experienced in that field then you want to look for an experienced disability lawyer so you know those are some of the ways that being a member of a union might have an effect on your disability case. But it’s certainly not a negative effect in any way if you’re unable to work and you’ve worked long enough under Social Security paying your Social Security tax and you’re going to be out of work for at least twelve consecutive months because of your health problems.

Then you want to be putting in an application for Social Security disability.

About Disability Associates

Disability Associates, LLC, managed by attorney Tracey N. Pate, provides legal representation to disabled individuals who are seeking Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. Our concentration is exclusively on Social Security Disability Law. It’s all we do! We know that filing for Social Security benefits can be a long and frustrating process. We are dedicated to taking the weight off of our client’s shoulders by simplifying this process for them. There is absolutely no charge unless we win your case.