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Am I Entitled to Benefits Because I Can’t Do The Job I Used To?

Legally reviewed by Brendan Garcia , Owner and Lead Attorney

This is incorrect, unfortunately. As long as a worker can do some substantial gainful activity (SGA), that worker is not considered disabled and is therefore ineligible for benefits. If you were once a CEO making $1 million a year, and now, because of an injury, illness, disease or another ailment, you can only make minimum wage at a local grocery store, you are not considered “disabled” under SSD and SSI law.