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Do You have A Chance Of Losing Disability Benefits If Your Case Gets Reviewed?

When you are approved for Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI, your claim is automatically “diaried,” which means a date is set for a review at some point in the future.

The purpose of the continuing review process is to allow Social Security the opportunity to determine which individuals have improved to the level that they can now participate in substantial, gainful employment.

Continuing disability reviews (CDRs) seldom result in an individual losing benefits. Most medical records establish, not only a lack of improvement, but a deterioration in the condition or conditions upon which approval was based. However, if your medical records indicate significant improvement at the time of your CDR, you could lose your disability benefits.

Another instance that could result in the loss of disability benefits is if the claimant is currently working and earning a salary that meets or exceeds the substantial gainful activity (SGA) amount each month. This factor alone would jeopardize one’s Social Security disability entitlement, and is can result in a loss of benefits.

Keep in mind that Social Security disability is awarded only to those who are so impaired they are unable to perform their past job or any other work to which they may be suited. Working full-time, unless there have been special considerations or subsidies from an employer, will on its face be a sign of significant medical improvement. Working part-time, or on an occasional basis might not disqualify you from receiving benefits, if your condition prevents you from working enough to meet the current SGA amount.

Most periodic reviews are set for 3 to 7 years from the date of the initial approval; however, some cases are diaried for dates as soon as one year, 18 months, or any other period of time less than 3 years. The date of your CDR depends not only upon your condition, but on the disability decision-maker’s (examiner or judge, depending on the level the claim is at) opinion of your prognosis and the likelihood that your symptoms or limitations could improve over time with proper medical treatment.

If you have been awarded disability benefits, be sure to continue to get ongoing medical treatment for your physical or mental impairment(s), so that when the time comes for your review you can continue receiving benefits if necessary.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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Does Social Security Disability Have a Time Limit?
For Social Security Disability or SSI, What Does It Mean When Your Case Gets Sent Out For Review?
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Do You have A Chance Of Losing Disability Benefits If Your Case Gets Reviewed?
Can You Lose Your Social Security Disability Benefits after You get Them?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria