The process of being approved for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) can be long and hard. So, if you have been approved for benefits the last thing you want to have happen is for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to put a stop to your checks. But there are some instances where this is possible, and knowing how to avoid this drastic consequences is critical to making sure your payments are not put at risk.
There are a few things you can do to help ensure your SSDI payments are not ended. This includes:
• If you work while getting SSDI payments, be sure you are not working too much or earning too much. There are limits as to what you can do, and to what you can earn. The purpose of SSDI benefits is to provide income to people who are not able to work. If you engage in activities that the SSA considers substantial, you run the risk of having your classification as disabled changed. When that happens, you will no longer qualify for SSDI.
• If your condition improves, the SSA might consider you are no longer disabled and put an end to your benefit payments.
• If you reach the age of retirement while receiving SSDI you will no longer get SSDI payments, but will receive social security retirement income. There is no way to stop the clock from ticking, so it is nice to know you will still have an income stream when you reach full retirement age.
• If you become incarcerated while receiving SSDI, your benefits will not continue. The lack of benefit payments will only last as long as you are in jail and will start up again the month after you are released. The best way to avoid this stop in payment is to keep a clean record and stay out of trouble. If you are arrested for a crime while getting SSDI payments, be sure to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney right away.
Remember that the SSA will periodically check your condition to make sure you are still disabled and qualify for benefits. So one of the most helpful things you can do is to stay on top of your medical needs. This means going to regular doctor appointments and keeping good records of your disability. If you do happen to receive notice your benefits are being stopped, call us right away to find out what to do next.
If you have questions about what to do if your disability benefits stop, call an experienced attorney for help. Contact us online today for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.