Being awarded Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) is only half the battle. Holding onto them is the other half.
So if the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) approved your claim and you are receiving SSDI benefits, keep these 3 things in mind.
- The SSA Has Reporting Rules You Must Follow.
One of the first things you should be mindful of after you begin receiving your disability benefits is that you have reporting responsibilities. The SSA has guidelines that require SSDI recipients to report back to the SSA when certain things occur.
If, for example, there is a change in your condition and it improves, you must tell the SSA. Also, changes in your living situation — like marriages or divorces— must also be reported to the SSA. And, of course, if you go back to work, you must tell the SSA.
Your responsibility to report these things to the SSA is serious and the failure to report information that you are required to report could result in penalties and/or prosecution.
- Don’t Try to Hide Your Income.
When you apply for disability benefits, one of the best things you can do is to be honest about your condition and how it affects you. When you are receiving disability benefits, you should keep that “honesty is the best policy” approach in mind.
If you are well enough to go back to work, or you think you are, so you try going back to work, report that to the SSA. You must, of course, also report any income you make. Don’t try to hide either the fact that you are able to go back to work, or your income. If you do, you could find your disability benefits completely terminated.
Lying to the SSA could also result in your being held liable for taxes on unreported income.
- They Will Be Back.
Finally, keep in mind that the SSA conducts regular Continuing Disability Reviews (“CDR”). Periodically, the SSA conducts CDRs to determine if a claimant is still entitled to disability benefits.
CDRs are designed to identify disability recipients who show medical improvement and so are no longer entitled to receive disability benefits.
During the CDR you will be required to provide the SSA with updated medical information about your condition, so, again, if you have experienced improvement, be sure that you report it before the SSA comes around.
We Can Guide You.
If you have applied for disability benefits or have been denied benefits, get in touch with us. We are experienced social security disability attorneys. We FIGHT hard to get our clients the benefits they deserve. We have helped many people get benefits and we can help you, too. We have offices throughout Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois. We also have offices in Oklahoma. We offer free consultations and we do not get paid unless you win your case. Send us an e-mail or call 855-727-8625.