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I Am Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits: Can My Payment Amount Change?

By Katherine L on March 6, 2019 | In Social Security Disability

I Am Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits:  Can My Payment Amount Change?

Many of our clients ask us if their Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits could change once they have been approved.

Yes, there are a few situations that can cause a change in the SSDI payments that you receive:

Continuing Disability Reviews

Periodically, the Social Security Administration will review your disability case as your health condition may change. These assessments are called Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs) and happen at different time intervals based on your medical prognosis for recovery:

  • If improvement is expected, you can expect your first CDR 6-18 months after you became disabled.
  • If improvement is possible, your case will be reviewed about every 3 years.
  • If improvement is not expected, look for a CDR review every 7 years.

If a CDR finds that you are able to return to work, your SSDI benefits will cease. You can read more about these reviews in the Social Security brochure on CDR reviews.

Returning to Work While Receiving Benefits

If you are able to work even though you are receiving SSDI benefits, your payment eligibility depends on how much you are able to earn. If you can work above a “substantial” level, a threshold that is determined every year, your benefits will eventually stop. “Substantial” earnings in 2019 are $1,220 per month and $2,040 if you are blind.

Before your benefits cease, however, you may try working for up to 9 months while still receiving your SSDI payments. You can learn more about this program in this Working While Disabled brochure.

Cost of Living Increases

Every year, the Social Security Administration assesses the cost of living as determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Price index. If applicable, SSDI and other Social Security benefit recipients will receive a cost of living adjustment.

The most recent 2019 increase of 2.8% was the largest since 2012.

There is one more scenario that may cause your SSDI payments to be reevaluated, and that is if you become eligible for other public, federal or state disability or pension benefits.

If for any reason you feel that your SSDI benefits have wrongly been reduced, suspended or cancelled, please contact us. We can help!

Do You Need Help with Social Security Disability?

If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately.  Call 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home.  The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.

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