Overview of Disability

Disability Back Pay

Disability Requirements

Disability Applications

Disability Advice Tips

How long do cases take?

How to win Disability

SSD Mistakes to avoid

Disability for Mental

What if you get denied?

How to file Appeals

Disability through SSA

SSI Disability Benefits

Disability for Children

How do I qualify for it?

Working and Disability

Disability Award Notice

Disability Lawyer Q&A

Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

Your Medical Evidence

Filing for your Disability

Disability Eligibility

SSD SSI Definitions

Recent Questions

SSDRC Disability Blog

Can You Lose Your Social Security Disability Benefits after You get Them?

Getting approved for disability (social security disability or SSI disability) is a long and difficult experience for most applicants. The application level, the reconsideration appeal level, and the hearing level can, timewise, amount to three years or more (though this is not always the case). During that time, many applicants suffer extreme financial hardship.

In addition to that, many, or most, applicants go without critical access to needed medical care that, in addition to exacerbating their condition, makes it more difficult to win disability benefits (because without access to doctors, it is very difficult to present the social security administration with current medical documentation that is needed to substantiate a claim).

If it were very easy for a person to easily lose their disability benefits after having put so much time and effort (and anxiety and financial loss as well) into getting them in the first place, then the federal disability system would be even worse than it currently is.

Fortunately, however, most applicants for SSD or SSI disability benefits who get approved will retain their benefits after a continuing disability review, or CDR, has been conducted.

A CDR is simply a review that is done every few years (usually every three years or more, but in some cases as long as every seven years, and as little as one year from the date of the initial approval) to ascertain whether or not a person is still medically disabled and, thus, entitled to receive disability benefits.

Most reviews that are done end with this result: the individual has their benefits continued, meaning they are found to be still disabled.

This happens because it is very difficult for the social security administration to prove that medical improvement has taken place. So, in other words, if you have a review of your case, there is typically little to worry about.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

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?

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