Does Social Security Disability have a Time Limit for Receiving Benefits in Texas?

Does Social Security Disability have a time Limit for Receiving Benefits? Not really. The social security administration awards benefits to individuals based on the assumption that their state of disability will be longstanding.

This is reflected in the fact that the disability criteria for both programs (Social Security Disability and SSI disability) requires that a claimant be so limited by their condition that they are unable--or will be unable--to engage in work activity at the substantial gainful activity level for at least a year, or have a condition so severe that it may possibly result in death.

SSD and SSI disability benefits are not awarded for partial disability, or temporary disability. However, having said that, the federal disability system does build time considerations into the process by requiring periodic reviews of one's medical status.

These reviews are referred to as CDRs, or continuing disability reviews. How often are they conducted? Potentially, they are done every one, three, or seven years, depending on the adjudicator's perceptions (regarding the medical evidence and the outlook for the claimant) at the time an approval was made.

I say "potentially", however, because even if a case has been diaried for review at the three year mark, it may not get done according to that time schedule if the claims rep at a social security field office is particularly bogged down.

Do you stand a chance of losing your disability benefits in Texas if your case gets reviewed? Claimants who are not working and receiving earnings at the substantial gainful activity level will not be in danger of having their disability benefits ceased unless their medical records demonstrate medical improvement. And, typically, most claimants will have their benefits continued after a review has been conducted.

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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