Some people just naturally have a strong suspicion of government agencies. We’re often nervous about things we don’t understand or control. For example, Danny had been receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for three years due to debilitating arthritis. He was surprised to receive a notice that the Social Security Administration (“Social Security”) was going to review his disability claim. After all, his condition had not changed. He wondered if Social Security was just trying to trip him up with their questions. Once Danny understands more about the SSDI review, he should be more at ease. That’s what we will look at in this article – the SSDI review process.
What Is an SSDI Review?
SSDI benefits are paid to people who really need them because a disability prevents them from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA). In other words, an SSDI recipient is unable to earn enough money every month because of a disabling medical condition.
Why does Social Security review SSDI cases?
Social Security determines who receives SSDI benefits by processing applications and reviewing supporting documents. Staff members have the job of determining whether someone is really disabled or not, according to SSA rules and regulations.
It makes sense, then, that disability claims might need to be checked out every so often. After all, people do sometimes get better and, unfortunately, there are a few people who will try to take advantage of benefits programs.
Also, and more importantly, certain laws require that Social Security review disability cases.
What happens during the SSDI Review?
Typically, Social Security looks at your medical condition and whether your average monthly earnings meet or exceed the substantial gainful activity limit. In 2020, that limit is $1,260 per month if disabled and $2,110 if blind.
When are SSDI Reviews conducted?
The time to review your case depends on the facts of your case. Generally, Social Security follows the following timetable related to your medical improvement.
- 6 to 18 months after your benefits start if medical improvement is expected.
- No sooner than three years if medical improvement is possible.
- No sooner than 7 years if you are not expected to improve medically.
Ask a Disability Lawyer About SSDI and Periodic SSDI Reviews
Social Security Administration rules and regulations are not easy to understand, and you may fear that your benefits will end after a review. It can help to have someone on your side. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ experience helping clients like you. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.