Many people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits can expect them to continue for life. However, there are reasons that might cause your SSDI benefits to stop arriving. Let’s look at some of the most common reasons this might happen:
Returning to Work
The purpose of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits is to financially assist people who are unable to work due to a qualifying disability. There are occasions, though, when an applicant can earn money while still receiving disability. The Social Security Administration will want to know if you are engaged in “substantial gainful activity” before deciding if your disability benefits will continue.
In 2018, most people may earn up to $1,180 per month before losing their SSDI benefits. This is not set in stone and may vary depending on the type of work and the frequency.
There are exceptions to this rule. For example, workers may have a “trial work period.” A benefits recipient could attempt to return to work. Social Security Disability Insurance benefits may continue for up to nine months during a trial work period.
Changes in Medical Condition
Some recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits may recover from the condition that caused their inability to work. The Social Security Administration conducts periodic reviews of recipient’s medical condition.
Benefits may stop if the Social Security Administration conducts a Continuing Disability Review and decides you have recovered from your disability.
Retirement Age Reached
When a disability recipient reaches retirement age, disability benefits typically convert to retirement benefits. Typically, the amount you receive monthly remains the same. There are some variables here, as you might expect.
Social Security Disability Insurance benefits typically stop when a recipient is incarcerated. However, the recipient may be able to reactivate their disability payments if released from prison.
Some Final Thoughts.
People who receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are required to report certain changes in their status to the Social Security Administration. For example, returning to work or recovering from a disability affects your disability payments.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ experience in the legal field. Much of their work involves Social Security disability cases. For a free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.