How Working Can Affect Your Social Security Benefits?
It is possible to collect benefits even if you return to work. If your disability is temporary, you can still get benefits. Sometimes people recover from an illness or injury and go back to work. If you've been disabled for at least 12 months, you may be eligible for a "closed period" of benefits. That means you can get an award limited to the amount of time you were disabled.
In these cases, the fact that you returned to work gives you more credibility. It removes the suspicion of malingering, or attempting to appear disabled when you're not. If a convincing presentation can be made to the judge with medical proof that demonstrates conclusively that you weren't able to work, you stand an excellent chance of winning benefits, which may be substantial.