Obtaining benefits for a disability that has left you unable to work for at least a year can be a daunting task. The application process for the Social Security Disability Insurance program can take a significant amount of time, especially if your initial application is missing medical documentation for your disability or has other issues that lead the Social Security Administration to deny your claim.
You may then have to appear at a hearing by an administrative law judge and submit to additional medical evidence necessary to prove your claim. Many individuals need an attorney's help with the appeal process, as it can be difficult to navigate the complexities of both the application and procedural requirements of the hearings or other appeals.
But once you have your benefits, there are ways to lose them that you need to be aware of, to prevent an unfair termination.
SSA performs continuing disability reviews (CDR) of individuals on a one to seven year schedule, to check on the health of an individual and determine if their medical condition has changed in a way that would allow them to return to work.
If your doctors have stopped treating your condition because they have determined that no further improvement is possible, SSA could mistakenly interpret th end of treatment as a signal that you have recovered. We believe it is important that people getting disability benefits stay under some kind of regular medical care.
And if you are working, you need to be aware of the income limits for SSD beneficiaries or the requirements of programs like Ticket to Work, and follow to all of the rules for the that program.
If you have received a notice from SSA terminating your benefits, the reasons for a termination can be complex. You may need an attorney to enable you to clarify for SSA why their ending of your SSD benefits is incorrect.
Source: TheStreet.com, "How You Can Lose Your Social Security Benefits," June 17, 2015