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 individual's 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 individual's likelihood of improvement these days).

If Social Security feels an individual's 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 individual's 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 Social Security Disability in North Carolina

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