Once you begin to receive disability payments from the Social Security Administration (SSA), it is not the end of your relationship with the SSA or the last word when it comes to your benefits. If certain circumstances in your life change, such as the status of your condition or your employment status, you must inform the SSA of these life events. For example, if you begin to receive benefits from a source other than the SSA, you need to let them know since it may affect your payment and eligibility.
Let the SSA know immediately:
- If you begin to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
- If you begin to receive a work pension not covered by Social Security.
- If you begin to receive veterans’ disability.
- If you begin to receive local or state government assistance.
- If you receive a lump sum settlement.
- If you apply for another type of disability benefit.
In some limited cases, your disability payments may also change if you marry a spouse receiving certain types of benefits (or if you are divorced or widowed). Of course, you also want to let the SSA know if you were receiving any of the above benefits but no longer are.
What happens if you do not inform the SSA of new benefits that you receive in relation to your disability? You may have to pay back any extra money that you receive during the period when you were receiving more benefits than you should have. If you knowingly received more benefits than you should have, it may be considered Social Security disability fraud, which has serious consequences.
Are you receiving multiple payments from different organizations for your disability? Or are you confused about what benefits you may qualify for? At Morgan & Weisbrod, we can help you get the support you need and deserve. Call 800-800-6353to speak with a Texas disability lawyer today.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.