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
Social Security Disability and SSI Denials
Social Security Disability and SSI 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 Disability Back Pay Benefits
Social Security Disability SSI Awards and Award Notices
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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How Often Does Social Security Disability Review Cases?
All Social Security disability beneficiaries will experience one or more disability reviews during their time receiving disability benefits. When an individualís disability case is approved by Social Security, a disability review date is set. Generally, continuing disability reviews are set for less than three years, set for three years, or set for seven years.
The length of time between disability reviews is directly correlated to the likelihood of medical improvement and, in some cases, the age of the disability applicant (although Social Security seems to be concentrating less on the age of individuals and more on the individualís likelihood of improvement these days).
If Social Security feels an individualís likelihood of medical improvement is strong, they may schedule a review in twelve months, or sometimes eighteen months. Conversely, if Social Security determines that an individual has an impairment that is not going to ever show any medical improvement, they may give it review date of seven years.
A seven year medical review diary date is only given to individuals with disabling conditions that are considered to be permanent. Most individuals receive neither a short or long period between disability case review dates. The vast majority of disability cases have a continuing disability review date of three years.
Statistically, most individuals who are approved for disability will remain on disability unless they go back to doing substantial gainful work activity activity, or they have medical conditions that have a high likelihood of medical improvement.
In order for Social Security to medically terminate an individualís disability benefits, there has to be objective medical evidence that they have had medical improvement to the point that they are no longer considered disabled under Social Security disability guidelines, or, as I said above, the individual is improved enough to perform SGA-level work activity.
Substantial gainful activity or SGA is a monthly amount of earnings that Social Security sets each year that they consider to be self-supporting. If an individual has not been able to return to SGA and they have no evidence of medical improvement, their disability benefits will be continued each time they are reviewed.
The important fact for disability beneficiaries to remember is that their disability case will be reviewed from time to time and that is a normal part of the Social Security disability process, so there is no need to be overly worried about losing disability benefits.
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