Social Security Disability - how often do you recertify?

How often do you have to recertify for Social Security Disability or SSI?

Once you are approved for Social Security Disability, your case will be periodically reviewed to determine if you are still disabled. These reviews are called continuing disability reviews (CDRs). Social Security sets a review date for every disability claim they approve for benefits.

Generally the review dates are set at three or seven years dependent upon the likelihood of medical improvement. For example, if a person is approved for SSD or SSI disability due to fractures of the leg there is a good chance for medical improvement. Therefore the review may be set for three years or less, while a person who is permanently brain damaged or paralyzed may have a review date of seven years due to the unlikelihood of medical improvement.

The most important thing to remember about continuing disability reviews is that these are a very common part of Social Security Disability. You will be asked to provide your current medical providers and information about your daily activities.

Social Security requests this information so that they can ascertain how your disabling condition is affecting your ability to perform normal daily activities. If you have not gone back to substantial work activity, or your medical records do not show significant medical improvement, you will likely see no change with your disability.

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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