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For Social Security Disability or SSI, What Does It Mean When Your Case Gets Sent Out For Review?

All Social Security Disability and Supplemental Securing Income disability (SSI) beneficiaries will have a continuing disability review (CDR) if they receive disability benefits long enough. When Social Security approves a disability claim, that claim is scheduled for a future medical disability review.

Generally, continuing disability reviews are scheduled every three years based upon the possibility of medical improvement; however there are some disability claims that receive medical review dates that are less than three years. And some receive medical review dates that are more that three years--up to seven years. The likelihood of medical improvement, and sometimes the disability beneficiary’s age play a part in the length of time between disability reviews.

If Social Security feels that there is a strong likelihood of medical improvement, they sometimes schedule a medical review date that is less than three years. But if the disability beneficiary’s disabling condition has very little chance of medical improvement, they may receive a seven year medical disability review diary.

If your disability case comes up for medical review, your local Social Security office will contact you for your CDR, or continuing disability review. Some claims representatives do their continuing disability reviews in person, while others will do them by phone or even allow you to complete the necessary paper work and return it by mail. It really depends upon the method the claims representative prefers.

Although the claims representative has a choice in how they do their continuing disability reviews, nothing is written in stone. If you feel that you cannot do an in-person interview for your continuing medical review due to your condition or other impediments, you can request a method of contact that is more suitable for you.

Once your continuing medical review is completed by the claims representative at the social security office, it is sent to a state disability determination agency for a decision (DDS, otherwise known as disability determination services). This is most likely the same state disability agency that made your initial disability (and your reconsideration appeal if you had to use the Social Security disability appeal process to win your approval for disability benefits).

For the most part, continuing medical reviews will not change your eligibility for disability benefits unless your medical information shows that medical improvement in your case is supported by objective medical information, or your have shown medical improvement by going back to work at a substantial and gainful activity level. Substantial gainful activity or SGA is a monthly earnings amount that Social Security has determined is self-supporting.

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    Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

    Social Security Disability SSI Questions and Answers

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    Winning Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    The SSI Disability Benefits Program

    Medical exams for disability claims

    Applying for Disability in various states

    Social Security Disability SSI and Doctors - Yours and Theirs

    Social Security Disability and SSI Claim Reviews

    Social Security Disability SSI System and Benefits for Children

    Denials, Appeals, and Getting a Disability Lawyer or Representative

    What you should know about Social Security Disability and SSI Denials

    Questions about Disability Lawyers and Hiring a Disability Attorney

    Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits

    FAQ on Disability Claim Representation

    Disability hearings before Judges

    Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers

    Various Types of Benefits including SSI, Mental, and Child benefits

    Social Security and SSI based on Mental Disability

    Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Children

    Disability Benefits through Social Security

    Filing for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

    Social Security Disability SSI: Medical Evidence and Records

    Filing your claim for disability benefits

    Eligibility for receiving disability benefits

    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

    Resources on this site

    Social Security Disability, SSI Terms and Definitions

    Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

    For Individuals living in North Carolina

    Applying for Disability in North Carolina

    North Carolina Disability Lawyer

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    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