If you have been approved to receive Social Security disability benefits, you know very well that you have persevered through a complicated process. Faced with a difficult and uncaring bureaucracy, too many applicants give up in frustration. But now that you have qualified for your hard-earned benefits, you are probably wondering how long your disability benefits will continue.
Once you start receiving benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required by law to conduct periodic checks of your medical condition to determine if you still meet disability standards. These evaluations of a person’s disability status are called Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs). Although there are some differences from case to case, when you can expect to be contacted for a CDR generally depends on how your case was classified when you were awarded benefits. The SSA uses these three classifications:
Keep in mind that the timelines in each of the three classifications can vary quite a bit, because the SSA has an enormous backlog of Continuing Disability Reviews. Oftentimes, cases are never reviewed. Also worth noting is that, even if an SSA Continuing Disability Review determines that you are able to return to work, you can appeal that decision. During this appeal process your monthly Social Security disability benefit payments can continue. However, if you lose your appeal you may be obligated to pay back the disability payments you received during the appeal process.
If you were receiving benefits but they have stopped because Social Security believes that you have regained the ability to work, call the experienced, local attorneys at Nash Disability Law.