The SSA Says My Disability Benefits are Being Stopped. What Do I Do?By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 23, 2013 | In Social Security Disability
Once your Social Security disability (SSD) benefits application is approved and you begin to receive benefits, these will generally continue as long as you are disabled. However, there are two situations in which the Social Security Administration (SSA) may decide to stop paying your benefits.
You may lose SSD benefits if:
- You are performing “substantial work.” Substantial work is defined as work that earned an average of at least $1,040 per month for most SSD recipients in 2013. This number changes every year to reflect the rate of inflation.
- Your medical condition has improved to the point that the SSA believes you are no longer disabled. A review of your benefits and your condition is conducted periodically.
Reviews of your case are required by law. They are scheduled depending on whether improvement in your case is expected or not. The SSA uses a three-tiered system to schedule reviews:
- If improvement is “expected,” the first review is usually six to 18 months after benefits start.
- If improvement is “possible,” the first review is usually three years after benefits start.
- If improvement is “not expected,” the first review is usually seven years after benefits start.
A review does not mean your benefits will be stopped. It only means the SSA is looking at how well you are doing medically and whether you are doing “substantial work.”
If you’re facing an upcoming review or have been told your benefits are in jeopardy, don’t wait: call the experienced southern California Social Security disability benefits attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office for a free and confidential case evaluation. Our number is (800) 438-7734.