Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
SSDRC authored by Tim Moore
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Social Security Disability Re-evaluations
Many people who win social security disability (SSD) or supplemental security income (SSI) benefits do not realize that their claims will be subject to periodic review, generally every 3 to 7 years.
On one hand, this makes perfect sense, as just about any medical condition might improve, particularly in light of continuing advances in medical treatment, new medications on the market, etc.
On the other hand, given the hoops people jump through to prove they are eligible for social security disability or SSI, this might seem unfair. After all, in order to collect benefits a claimant must be diagnosed with a severe, ongoing medical condition (or combination of conditions) that is unlikely to improve over a period of 12 months or more and that prevents him from earning a living.
However, when a disability claim is approved, a date is automatically set for periodic review. When that review actually occurs depends on two factors.
The first is the diary date of the claim, or the date that the claim is set for review (usually 3 to 7 years, although it may be even sooner depending upon the medical condition that was the basis of the claim).
The second is the existing backlog within the local social security office when the diary date arrives. If there are a lot of cases waiting to be reviewed, it could take a while for a claims representative (CR) at the social security field office to send the case over to DDS (disability determination services) for review.
In fact, some continuing disability reviews (CDRs) are years behind schedule. But donít count on it. When too many CDRs are behind schedule, Social Security tends to make them a higher priority, in which case they move to the top of a CRs to-do list and are expedited.
Re-evaluations are a part of collecting social security, but the frequency at which they occur is not set in stone, and the only thing claimants can be sure of is that, at some point in the future, they will be called upon to update the social security administration about the current state of their medical condition.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
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