How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay
Does Social Security Disability Have a Time Limit?
Social Security has no set time limit on receiving benefits. You can receive Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI for as little as a year or as long as the rest of your life, depending on your current medical condition and how it progresses over time.
Social Security determines if there has been any change in your medical condition by performing continuing disability reviews (CDRs). If you are awarded disability, the disability examiner or judge in your case sets your review date based on the prognosis in your medical records (how a physician thinks your condition is likely to progress over time), as well as his or her own expectations.
Since disability claims are awarded only to those whose medical records show they have a severe ongoing physical or mental condition that either could result in death or is unlikely to improve over the course of a year, and which prevents them from engaging in substantial gainful activity (earning a certain amount each month), most cases are scheduled, or diaried for review at the one, three, or seven-year mark.
Again, the date of your own review depends on your particular condition or combination of conditions, the diagnosis and prognosis indicated in your medical records, and the adjudicator’s expectations regarding your potential for improvement.
There is another factor that influences when a case will be reviewed, and that is the current caseload within Social Security. CDRs can be delayed for years from their scheduled date if the claims representative (CR) at your local social security field office is too busy to process them (forward them to DDS for review).
CDRs typically do not result in a claimant losing SSD or SSI benefits, although there is always the possibility that this could happen. If, at the time of your review, your medical records indicate improvement in your condition, or that you are now earning more than the current SGA amount, you could be denied further compensation.
Those who are awarded disability benefits should continue to see a treating physician on a regular basis, so that when it is time for a CDR their medical records establish that they are still currently disabled, still unable to perform substantial work activity, and therefore still meet the disability criteria for receiving SSD or SSI payments.
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Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?
How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?
Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved
What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?
What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?
Receiving a Disability Award Letter
Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability
Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI
Applying for disability in your state
Most popular topics on SSDRC.com
Social Security Disability SSI Questions
The listings, list of disabling impairments
Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?
Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials
How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?
How to apply for disability for a child or children
Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application
Filing for disability - when to file
How to apply for disability - where to apply
Qualifications for disability benefits
How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits
Qualifying for Disability - The Process
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Getting disability for fibromyalgia
SSI disability for children with ADHD
What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?
Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability
Social Security Disability SSI Exam tips
More Social Security Disability SSI Questions
Social Security Disability SSI definitions
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI?
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Who can help me file for disability?
How do you get proof of your disability from your doctor?
When does Social Security send you for a neurological exam?
Should I get representation for my disability hearing?
Social Security Disability Re-evaluations
If I get disability, will they look at my case later?
How long can you receive SSI or Social Security Disability benefits?
How Long Do I Get To Keep My Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits?
What determines how long I can keep my Disability Benefits under SSD or SSI?
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?
How often will my disability claim be reviewed?
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?
Will I qualify for disability Benefits in New York
Getting a Disability Lawyer in New York
How do Disability Lawyers in New York get paid their fees?
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
Permanent Social Security Disability
What is the difference between Social Security Disability and SSI?
Who is eligible for SSI disability?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?
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?
For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.
The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.
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