Does Social Security grant permanent disability?
If you are filing for disability in Kentucky or any state (the disability system is federal and thus the same in all states, with minor differences such as approval rates and waiting times for hearings), you will either be filing for SSDI, which is Social Security Disability, or SSI. Both programs operate by the exact same rules when it comes to determining one's medical and vocational eligibility for disability.
One thing that many individuals may not realize when they begin to inquire into an application for disability is that the Social Security Administration does not provide temporary disability benefits. Disability is awarded according to a definition of disability that states that a person's disabling condition must be severe enough to last at least one full year and cause enough mental and/or physical limitations that the individual cannot go back to their past work, or do any other type of work, as determined by their age, education, and work skills (all of which are considered in the consideration of a disability claim).
Are disability benefits from SSA permanent? The best way to answer this question may be to say that most claimants who are approved for disability will receive their benefits continuously without interruption, eventually converting into retirement status.
That said, all disability claims are subject to periodic review every few years and if a person's medical records show medical improvement, they may have their disability benefits stopped. However, medical improvement is very difficult to prove and most individuals will not have their benefits stopped.
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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