The short answer is that once you qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you will continue to receive Social Security disability payments until you reach retirement age, until you become employed, or until you become healthy enough to work. Learn more about each of the factors that could stop your Social Security disability benefits below.
Why Do Social Security Disability Benefits End at Retirement Age?
If you reach the age of 65 and are still suffering from a disability, you will stop receiving Social Security disability payments and begin receiving Social Security retirement payments. You cannot receive both types of Social Security benefits simultaneously.
How Will the Social Security Administration Know if I Go Back to Work?
If you believe you are well enough to return to the workforce, or if you begin substantial gainful activity (SGA), then you must contact the Social Security Administration so that they can review your case and change your disability benefits accordingly. If you are unsure if you are well enough to work, or if you would like to return to the workforce for a trial period, call your local Social Security office to speak with someone about your case or talk to your own disability lawyer.
How Will the Social Security Administration Know If You Are Healthy Enough to Work?
Depending on your health condition, the Social Security Administration will review your medical information and your case periodically to determine whether or not you still qualify for Social Security disability. This could be as often as every few months or as rarely as every seven years. If the Social Security Administration believes that you are healthy enough to work, your benefits may end.
You don’t want benefits to end if you are still entitled to benefits. It is easier to prevent a break in your payments by proving why benefits should not end than it is to begin the entire eligibility process over again. Accordingly, if you are concerned about your Social Security disability benefits stopping, we encourage you to contact the experienced lawyers at Morgan & Weisbrod via this website or by phone to schedule an initial meeting about your rights.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.