Will My SSDI Eligibility Change If I Get Better?

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Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) is designed to provide disabled workers a revenue stream under certain circumstances. To qualify for SSDI you have to have paid into social security and prove you are disabled. There are a lot of rules and the process can be complicated, making it necessary to get the help of a knowledgeable attorney. After you are approved for SSDI you still have to meet certain requirements, the most important of which is that you remain disabled. By its very nature, SSDI is for persons who are unable to work, so if your condition changes so may your eligibility to receive SSDI.

Your SSDI eligibility can change if your condition improves. For example:

  • A physical disability that heals and allows you to work can stop the flow of SSDI payments.
  • A mental disability that is managed with treatment or becomes less debilitating can change your SSDI eligibility.
  • The Social Security Administration (SSA) routinely performs review to ensure recipients are still disabled and in need of benefits.

If you are fearful your benefits may end if your condition improves it is helpful to know that just like it was difficult to be approved for benefits, it is difficult for the SSA to prove you are no longer disabled. And, you do not have to worry about the SSA checking up on you all of the time. Reviews are performed routinely, but not on a frequent basis. For adults, a continuing disability review takes place every 3 to 7 years and the timing can depend on whether you are expected to improve or whether your condition is likely to last. If your disability may improve quickly, your disability review will happen faster. For children, a review is performed at the age of 18, to determine whether benefits should continue into adulthood. Payments to an adult are made based upon different factors than payments to children, so once a child is no longer a child, a review is performed based upon the adult standards. We know you have a lot of questions about how to get benefits and even more questions about how to keep your benefits once granted. We have experience helping disabled workers navigate through the system and obtain the payments they deserve.

If you have questions about social security disability benefits, call an experienced attorney for help. Contact us online today for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.