When it comes to receiving social security benefits, the extra help can make all the difference in the world. That is why sometimes it can come as a shock when benefits are lost. One big question we are asked is why would social security terminate my disability benefits? At Disability Associates, a social security disability benefits law firm in Towson, Maryland we can take a closer look today.

Why Benefits are Terminated

Social security will continue to pay your social security disability until you either approve to the point you can return to work or you reach your full social security retirement age. Now how does social security know if you’ve improved enough to return to work? Well, they have a process called Continuing Disability Reviews (CDR). Each case is reviewed periodically to get an update for social security to see how you’re doing. What’s wrong? Do you still have the same problems as when you were approved for disability? Are those problems better? Are they worse? Or have they stayed the same? Do you have any new health issues that are preventing you from working? What doctors do you see? Why do you see those doctors? What treatment do they give you and how are you responding to that treatment?

These are the same issues that social security evaluated to award you benefits in the beginning. So, they will continue to evaluate as time moves forward. Now your case is going to get put in one of three categories. It’s going to be reviewed quickly in say about a year or if you have problems that are likely to improve and allow you to go back to work but it will take longer that’s a case that gets approved in about three years every three years. Or you could be in a situation where you have conditions that while they might improve, it’s unlikely that they will improve enough to allow you to return to work. Social security typically reviews those cases every 5 to 7 years.

So, you will know once you are awarded benefits how frequently your case is being reviewed by looking at your award letter that social security sends you. Just be aware that yes, your case will be reviewed and if you have improved to the degree that social security believes you can return to work then your benefits will be stopped.

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.