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Disability benefits can be ceased for medical improvement but it is hard for SSA to prove

In early 2013, I was approved via appeal for SSDI, presided over by an Administrative Law Judge. I live in the state of Indiana, and I'm curious. Your website says that it is hard for SSA to show medical improvement in disability cases that are approved by judges.

Here's the quote from the site: "It is especially difficult for Social Security to show medical improvement in disability cases approved at an administrative law judge disability hearing. Administrative law judges have much more flexibility in their disability determinations than disability examiners using the Social Security disability guidebook. This means there is very little possibility of showing medical improvement for an individual who did not meet the criteria of the Social Security disability guidebook to begin with."

I'm terrified that my first CDR will see me rejected and my disability benefits cancelled (and needless to say, my disability has not improved.) Can you tell me, please--does the opinion above tend to apply for most-if-not-all cases presided over by an Administrative Law Judge? Or is this guideline particular to South Carolina only? I pray your answer will help assuage my anxiety. At my age, I don't need any more anxiety than necessary. Thank you, sir. Very greatly.

The above statement pertains to all states. If there is no medical improvement and you have not gone back to work then there is very little chance that anything will change. All disability beneficiaries have medical CDRs so no need to have undue stress over the fact.

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Related pages:

What is the Social Security definition of disability?
Proving Functional Limitations and why this is Important on a Disability Case
How severe must your condition be to be awarded Social Security Disability or SSI?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
How will Social Security find you disabled?
Are You Allowed to Work While Receiving Social Security Disability or SSI?

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 provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
The Difference Between Social Security Disability (SSD) and SSI How are they different Part II