Charlotte, NC asked in Social Security

Q: I have OA in both knees can I get disability?

The unemployment commission wants me to find a full-time job in order to get my unemployment. I am a medical screener at my present job my hours went down to part-time because of covid-19, They want me to look for full-time employment I recently had a total knee replacement on my right knee and I have to get a total replacement on my left knee my past jobs were working in warehouses and housekeeping in hotels I can no longer do those type of jobs anymore I can't advance on my present job because it consists of standing for a length of time. I am in pain every day what should I do? At 61 of age

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Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Raleigh, NC

A: Depending on how much you are currently working and earning you may qualify for disability benefits. There are several things Social Security will consider, including your age and your past work. But if you are earning what they consider to be substantial gainful earnings (even through part-time work) you will not qualify, no matter how serious your health conditions are.

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