Can You Get Your Social Security Disability Benefits Back?

You went back to work, and for a while, everything was going fine. You were able to earn more money than you collected in Social Security disability payments, and the condition that qualified you for Social Security disability in the first place was under control. For a time everything worked out fine, but things have changed again. Now, your condition has worsened or stopped responding to treatment, and you are totally disabled.

You May Be Able to Get Your Social Security Disability Reinstated Without Reapplying

In some cases, you may be able to contact the Social Security Administration (SSA) and request to be put back on Social Security disability. The SSA may allow this through a process known as expedited reinstatement. You may be eligible if you meet the following conditions:

  • You stopped getting Social Security disability payments because you made too much money when you returned to work.
  • You are requesting expedited reinstatement within five years of when the SSA stopped your payments.
  • You stopped working because of the medical condition that originally qualified you for Social Security disability or a condition related to the original condition.
  • There has been no improvement in your medical condition since the time of your initial application for Social Security disability.

A request for expedited reinstatement allows you to begin collecting Social Security disability benefits without reapplying and may result in you collecting benefits much faster than if you go through the application process. You may even be able to collect provisional benefits while the SSA considers your request.

Take the Next Step

If your request for expedited reinstatement is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. However, keep in mind that your time for filing an appeal is limited. Are you ready to learn more? Contact us by starting a live chat or by using our online contact form to have your questions answered.

 

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