After you are approved to receive Social Security disability benefits, the process is over, right? Not exactly. In the months and years after you begin receiving disability payments, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will review your medical condition. They do this for two reasons. First, they want to confirm that you still suffer from a disabling health condition. Second, they need to be sure that you are still unable to work.
How often do medical condition reviews take place?
How often your medical condition is reviewed depends upon your illness or injury. If your condition is one that is historically known to improve over time, your case may be reviewed as early as six months after you begin to receive benefits. If your condition is one in which improvement is not expected, your case could be monitored as rarely as every seven years.
How does a medical condition review take place?
You will receive notification to visit a local Social Security office and meet with a staff member. During the meeting, you will discuss your condition and any work that you’ve done since your last review. A disability examiner will then follow up by examining your recent medical records and any other evidence provided.
What happens if my disability benefits are stopped after a review?
It is possible that after review the disability examiner will find that you no longer qualify for disability benefits. If you disagree with this decision, you have the option of appealing it and requesting a hearing with an administrative law judge.
If you believe that your disability benefits were wrongfully halted after a medical condition review, you may wish to speak with a Texas disability attorney about your case. Call the Dallas Social Security lawyers at Morgan & Weisbrod today to schedule a free, private meeting to discuss your legal options.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.