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
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The Social Security Disability Medical Review
Once you have been approved for disability you will begin receiving your monthly benefit from Social Security, and periodically Social Security will conduct a medical review of your claim.
Most individuals will have a medical review every three years, although some individuals receive medical reviews every seven years. Individuals with seven-year review date have conditions that are usually permanent, and are not likely to improve.
The medical review process sometimes includes a face-to-face interview, however it can be done by mail or telephone interview. Social Security requests an update on your medical information, work, or educational activities, and sends the information to the state disability agency to determine if you have had any medical improvement since your began receiving disability or your last review. If there has been no determinable improvement in your medical and/or mental condition, you will continue to receive your disability benefits.
However, if medical improvement in your disabling condition has been documented, you may lose your entitlement to a disability benefit. This is known as a disability cessation.
You have right to appeal Social Security’s decision. Additionally, while you are waiting you are allowed to continue your disability benefits. You only have to appeal your cessation within ten days to request the payment continuation.
Remember, even if you miss the ten-day payment continuation deadline, you still can appeal you disability cessation within the sixty-day appeal period.
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