Overview of Disability
Disability Back Pay
Requirements for Disability
Applications for disability
Tips and Advice for Disability
How long does Disability take?
Winning Disability Benefits
Common Claim Mistakes
Mental Disability Benefits
Denials for Disability
Appeals for denied claims
Disability Benefits from SSA
SSI Disability Benefits
Child Disability Benefits
Working and Disability
Disability Awards, Notices
Hiring Disability Lawyers
List of Disability Conditions
What SSA finds disabling
SSD SSI Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability
Eligibility for Disability
SSD SSI Definitions
SSDRC authored by
Questions and Answers
SSDRC Disability Blog
The Social Security Disability Medical Review
Once you have been approved for disability you will begin receiving your monthly benefit from Social Security, and periodically Social Security will conduct a medical review of your claim.
Most individuals will have a medical review every three years, although some individuals receive medical reviews every seven years. Individuals with seven-year review date have conditions that are usually permanent, and are not likely to improve.
The medical review process sometimes includes a face-to-face interview, however it can be done by mail or telephone interview. Social Security requests an update on your medical information, work, or educational activities, and sends the information to the state disability agency to determine if you have had any medical improvement since your began receiving disability or your last review. If there has been no determinable improvement in your medical and/or mental condition, you will continue to receive your disability benefits.
However, if medical improvement in your disabling condition has been documented, you may lose your entitlement to a disability benefit. This is known as a disability cessation.
You have right to appeal Social Security’s decision. Additionally, while you are waiting you are allowed to continue your disability benefits. You only have to appeal your cessation within ten days to request the payment continuation.
Remember, even if you miss the ten-day payment continuation deadline, you still can appeal you disability cessation within the sixty-day appeal period.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
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?
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