Can My Disability Benefits Be Stopped for any Reason?

by | Jul 19, 2016 | Lawyers

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Two things can cause SS to decide that you are no longer disabled and therefore stop receiving your benefits.
*   Your disability benefits will stop if you work at a level SS considers “substantial.”
  Your disability benefits also will stop if SS decides that your medical condition has improved, and you are no longer considered disabled.

You are responsible for promptly reporting any improvement in your condition if you return to work, and certain other events as long as you are receiving disability benefits.If the medical or psychiatric condition that makes you disabled improve, the SSA could find out that you are no longer disabled, which will make your benefit payments stop. The SSA will periodically review the case of all beneficiaries (usually in 3 or 7-year increments) to determine if they are still disabled. These “continuing disability reviews” are less strict than the standards used when applying for disability, and most disability beneficiaries continue to receive benefits after their review.

On of the most common reason for someone’s Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to stop is because they have returned to work. In some cases it’s possible to work while continuing to receive SSD payments, there are specific provisions that must be followed.

If you return to work while receiving SSD benefits, you will be reviewed, and SSA will determine if you are participating in “substantial gainful activity” (SGA). The primary factor in determining if the work you are doing qualifies is the amount a person is getting paid. Someone is considered to be engaging in SGA if he or she earns more than $1,130.  However, this isn’t a cut and dry issue. It is possible for the SSA to determine that your job duties constitute SGA even if you are earning less than this amount.

Social Security disability beneficiaries who reach full retirement age will not receive their disability benefits since you cannot receive both Social Security disability benefits and Social Security retirement benefits at the same time. You will instead receive payments under the Social Security retirement benefits program.

If you are confined to a prison or other penal institution after being convicted of a crime, your disability benefits will stop for the period you are incarcerated. Also, sometimes a felony conviction will lead to a cessation of benefits as well.

To avoid losing your disability, stay in contact with your local SSA and keep them up to date with any news that may occur.

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