If they review my disability in Florida, will I lose my benefits?
A person on the facebook page for SSDRC stated their case was being reviewed. This meant they were undergoing a CDR, or continuing disability review, something that happens every few years on every person's disability case. They were concerned because the disability examiner reviewing the case said they would have to go to a consultative medical examination ordered by Social Security. They were further concerned because they were told that if they did not go, the examiner would have insufficient evidence for the case.
Finally, they were wondering if if was likely that they would be denied their disability after having been on it for several years because Social Security had determined that they had had medical improvement.
This is what I wrote back:
Insufficient evidence "usually" means they don't have enough information that is recent (not older than 90 days). Disability examiners need recent evidence to make case decisions.That by itself is nothing to worry about. Ordering consultative exams is fairly routine and happens on many cases.
As far as the chances of being denied in Florida after having been on disability, there is no way to know, of course. I will say that it is usually difficult for Social Security to prove there has been medical improvement, especially when there is limited medical evidence. So this could actually be a point in your favor. The CDR, or continuing disability review, is no doubt a scary thing. But the majority of individuals find that their benefits are continued. Good luck on your case.
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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