The people who receive Social Security disability benefits are unable to work, which means they rely on these monthly payments to cover their living expenses. Because of this, many people who receive disability benefits worry about whether or not the payments will stop abruptly. How long should you expect to receive disability benefits? Here’s what you should know:
Payments Will Continue For Disabled Individuals
The general rule established by the Social Security Administration (SSA) is that payments will continue for as long as you are disabled. But, the SSA has no way of knowing whether or not you are still disabled without reviewing your condition from time to time. For this reason, the SSA performs regular continuing disability reviews.
Continuing Disability Reviews
A continuing disability review can be conducted anywhere from six months to seven years after your benefits begin. If the SSA believes your condition will improve, they will conduct the review sooner rather than later.
The SSA will ask you to fill out a form to provide them with updated information regarding your disability. After reviewing this form, the SSA may decide there has been no change in your condition. In this case, the benefits will continue. If your condition has improved, the SSA will need to determine if the improvement has made it possible for you to work. If it has, the SSA will notify you of their decision to stop your benefits.
The SSA can also decide to cut off your benefits if you are currently working at a “substantial” level despite your disability. This year, the SSA defines working at a substantial level as earning an average of $1,180 or more per month. If you are making more than $1,180 per month, the SSA will assume your disability is no longer interfering with your ability to work.
What If Your Benefits Stop?
The SSA should not stop your benefits unless your condition has significantly improved or you are working enough to support yourself. If you disagree with the SSA’s decision to stop your benefits, you can always appeal the decision with the help of an attorney.
If your benefits have been cut off prematurely, seek legal representation at once. The experienced attorneys at Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. will work tirelessly to ensure the Social Security Administration reverses their decision. Please call us today at 918-582-2500, toll free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with a skilled attorney.