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Is there ever a review to see if you are still disabled (If so when does it happen?)

Disability cases that have been approved by the social security administration periodically come up for review. The review is called a continuing disability review, or CDR for short.

Why are reviews of approved disability claims conducted? Quite obviously, so it can be determined whether or not an individual still meets the qualifications for receiving disability benefits. Fortunately, most claims that are reviewed during a CDR evaluation are continued; that is, the individual is determined to be still disabled.

The continuation of disability benefits, in fact, occurs in the great majority of cases. The reason? Because to take a disabled person off benefits (either social security disability or SSI), the social security administration must be able to demonstrate that "medical improvement" has taken place.

Medical improvement is fairly difficult to establish for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that most individuals who are approved for disability have significant and longstanding problems that are not likely to improve to the point that they can engage in competitive employment again.

However, another reason that medical improvement is difficult to show is that doctor's treatment notes seldom refer to functional capabilities. The lack of notation regarding a person's functional capability tends to hurt individuals who are trying to get disability benefits established. But, on the flip side, it also makes it harder for social security to stop a person's benefits.

How often are disability claims reviewed? Officially, continuing disability reviews occur every one, three, or seven years. However, due to backlogs in local social security offices, reviews are often done much later than they scheduled for. So, it would not be unlikely for a three year "diary date" to become five or six years.

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

Related pages:

Will my disability case be reviewed after I have been approved for disability benefits?
How does the Social Security Disability Review work?
The, CDR, or Continuing Disability Review, for SSD and SSI claims
Advice for a Social Security Disability Continuing Review
What will trigger a review of a social security disability claim?
Are SSDI and SSI Benefits Normally Continued After A Continuing Disability Review?
How Often Does Social Security Disability Review Cases?
Can You Lose Your Social Security Disability Benefits When Your Case Is Reviewed?
What Should I Expect at my Social Security Disability Review if I am working part-time?
How long can you receive SSI or Social Security disability benefits?
Is there a time limit for how long you can collect Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
If Your Disability Benefits Are Stopped Can You Get Them While You Appeal?
What is a Social Security Disability or SSI work CDR?
Disability claim at reconsideration appeal level

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