How long can I receive Social Security disability payments?

Your Social Security disability application has been approved and you are momentarily relieved that you will be receiving benefits to help with the financial strain of being out of work due to your medical condition. However, you can’t help but wonder if and when the benefits will end.

There Is No Set Time When Your Disability Benefits Will Cease

Social Security disability is not awarded for a period of months or years. Instead, it is awarded indefinitely and until you no longer qualify.

Three of the most common causes for Social Security disability benefits to end include:

  • You go back to work. If you earn a substantial income beyond a trial work period, you may be found ineligible for Social Security disability because your medical condition no longer prevents you from working.
  • You reach retirement age. When you reach retirement age, you will no longer receive Social Security disability benefits, but you may be eligible for Social Security retirement benefits instead.
  • Your condition results in your death. Social Security disability benefits end with the recipient’s death.

Once your Social Security disability application has been approved, it will be subject to regular continuing reviews. In most cases, these reviews occur every 3-7 years, but the Social Security Administration can decide to conduct them more frequently.

If you have any questions about your continued eligibility, it is important to take action quickly so you can protect your rights and keep getting the benefits you deserve. Please start a live chat with us today if you need more information about your specific continued eligibility for Social Security disability.

Carl M. Weisbrod
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Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law