How Often Does Social Security Review Disability Cases?

For those who are disabled, Social Security Disability benefits can be tremendously important. They can make a significant difference in relieving financial stress and ensuring that recipients can continue to provide for themselves and their families when they may be unable to work.

Generally, once Social Security Disability benefits are awarded, they will continue as long as the disability that prevents the recipient from working continues. This means that typically, anyone who receives disability benefits must have the medical condition for which they are receiving the benefits reviewed from time to time. This review is often called a Continuing Disability Review.

How often a medical condition is reviewed typically depends, at least in part, on how likely the condition is to improve. Generally, if medical improvement is: 

  • Expected: If improvement in the condition is expected, the Social Security Administration will typically review the medical condition within six to eighteen months after the initial decision.
  • Possible: If improvement in the condition is possible, the medical condition is usually reviewed approximately every three years.
  • Not Expected: If improvement is not expected, Social Security Administration will normally review the medical condition approximately every seven years.

Usually, the initial award notice provided to the recipient will inform the recipient when the first medical review will occur. 

What Happens Following a Review?

Many recipients of Social Security Disability benefits also wonder what might happen following a review. How will the Social Security Administration decide whether to continue benefits, or whether they should be stopped? 

In some cases, the Social Security Administration may stop benefits if: 

  • After completing a nine-month Trial Work Period (TWP), if the Social Security Administration determines that the recipient can work at a “substantial” level, benefits may be stopped. Generally, benefits are suspended for any earnings that are over the substantial level for 36 months after the TWP is completed. If earnings fall below the substantial level during that timeframe, benefits may be restarted. The amount of earnings that are deemed to be “substantial” by the Social Security Administration will usually change from year to year. For that reason and many others, consulting with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney as to your particular situation is always advised.
  • Another reason that the Social Security Administration may stop benefits is if it is determined that the recipient’s medical condition has improved to the extent that a disability no longer exists. To make that determination, the Administration will generally review pertinent medical records and other evidence about the recipient’s condition and prognosis.

While this is helpful general information regarding the review of ongoing disability benefits and what factors may influence whether or not those benefits continue, it is no substitute for consulting with a knowledgeable and experienced attorney regarding your case specifically. At The Law Firm, we’re here to help.

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Wherever you find yourself in the Social Security Disability benefits process, you don’t want to be there alone. You need and deserve expert representation and a knowledgeable guide throughout what can often be a complex process. At The Law Firm, we’re here to provide exactly that. Our knowledgeable and experienced team of attorneys understands every aspect of Social Security Disability law, and we can guide you through the process every step of the way. 


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