Does Social Security Disability Have a Time Limit?

Social Security has no set time limit on receiving benefits. You can receive

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.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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