Marge had been receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for two years now. Unable to work due to heart disease, Marge’s monthly disability checks made a real difference in her life. Now, though, she had received a letter from the Social Security Administration. They were conducting a continuing disability review on her. Marge was concerned and wondered what she needed to do.
What is a continuing disability review?
The Social Security Administration is required by law to review a disability recipient’s medical condition. The purpose is to make sure an individual is still medically qualified to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
What happens during a continuing disability review?
During the review, the benefit recipient will receive notice that a continuing review is being done. Social Security Administration personnel will talk to medical providers and review medical records. In some cases, the person receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits will be asked to undergo additional tests and examinations. Again, the purpose is to make sure that the individual is still disabled.
The SSA will review the disability that gave rise to your disability claim. In addition, they will gather information about new medical conditions.
What is the Social Security Administration looking for?
They want to know if your medical condition has improved. If so, the next question may be whether you are able to go back to work.
In addition to medical issues, the Social Security Administration will also look at the prior work you performed. Specifically, they want to know what the job requires: heavy lifting, driving, standing for long periods of time and so on.
Will my Social Security Disability Insurance benefits stop after a continuing disability review?
Disability payments may stop if any of the following occurs:
- Your medical condition has improved to the point where you can work.
- You’ve had vocational training or medical treatment that prepared you for a new job.
- You are not cooperating with your medical providers.
- They realize that you gave false information on your previous application.
- You stop cooperating with the Social Security Administration.
- You are working and getting paid more than the monthly limit you can make while on disability.
Ask a Disability Lawyer.
If you are concerned about a continuing disability review, you are not alone. Social Security Administration rules regarding disability are often hard to understand. You need someone on your side. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ experience. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.