The Social Security Administration (SSA) does not allow people to collect Social Security disability benefits and Social Security retirement benefits at the same time. If you are currently collecting Social Security disability and you are about to reach retirement age, you should know what is about to happen and be prepared for the coming change in benefits.
When you reach retirement age you will begin to collect retirement benefits from the SSA instead of disability benefits. Generally, if your health condition does not change, you will receive Social Security disability benefits until the age of 65 and then your retirement benefits will begin.
Is This a Problem?
No. Once you are of retirement age and receiving Social Security retirement benefits you should not receive less than you were receiving while you were eligible for Social Security disability. Additionally, you will not be subject to periodic disability reviews. The government will not be trying to prove that you can go to work and that, therefore, you are ineligible for benefits. As long as you have paid into the Social Security system, you are entitled to retirement benefits, regardless of your physical condition.
Are You Having Trouble Getting the Benefits You Deserve?
If you have questions about Social Security disability benefits, Social Security retirement benefits, or your denied disability claim, we encourage you to contact our experienced Social Security disability attorneys for more information about your rights. If you are in your early 60s, but not yet at retirement age, then it is especially important to be aware of your rights and to pursue the Social Security benefits that are right for you.
At Morgan & Weisbrod, our Texas disability benefits attorneys can answer your legal questions and get you the benefits you need and deserve. Contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a no-obligation appointment about your rights.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.