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When Do Social Security Disability Benefits End?

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on January 31, 2013 | In Social Security Disability

Once you’ve been approved for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, you will generally continue to receive them as long as you remain disabled. However, there are situations in which your benefits might be suspended or terminated. If you’re facing an interruption in your benefits, don’t hesitate to contact a dedicated southern California Social Security disability benefits attorney.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), SSD benefits generally continue as long as the recipient’s medical condition has not improved and the recipient still cannot work. If these two conditions remain the same, benefits will continue until the person dies or reaches retirement age. At retirement age, SSD benefits convert automatically into retirement benefits.

From time to time, the SSD reviews each person’s medical situation to determine if it has improved. Reviews typically depend on how the original benefits case was evaluated. If improvement was “expected,” the first review will usually be 6-18 months after benefits start. If improvement was “possible,” review may take place about three years after benefits start. If improvement was “not expected,” review may be postponed up to seven years.

If the SSA determines that you’re doing “substantial” work or that you are no longer disabled, your benefits may stop. Otherwise, they will typically continue.

The SSA informs SSD benefits recipients about reviews. You may choose a skilled SSD benefits attorney to represent you during reviews as well as during your initial application. The attorneys at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office can help; call us today at (888) 438-7734 for a free consultation.

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