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Why Would Social Security Terminate Someone's Benefits?

Why would Social Security Terminate Someone’s Benefits?

At Sharon Christie Law, a Baltimore Social Security Disability Law Firm, we are often asked the following question: why would Social Security terminate someone’s benefits? In this video, Sharon Christie examines this question and helps provide answers to how and why someone would loss their disability benefits. 

Official Transcript: Why would Social Security Terminate Someone’s Benefits?

Hi, I’m Sharon Christie your nurse attorney for social security disability benefits. I’ve been asked why social security has terminated the benefits for some people who were awarded benefits some years ago. Let me explain the process after you’ve been approved for benefits. 

Social security will continue to pay your social security disability until you either approve to the point you can return to work or you reach your full social security retirement age. Now how does social security know if you’ve improved enough to return to work? Well, they have a process called continuing disability reviews. Each case is reviewed periodically to get an update for social security to see how you’re doing. What’s wrong? Do you still have the same problems as when you were approved for disability? Are those problems better? Are they worse? Or have they stayed the same? Do you have any new health issues that are preventing you from working? What doctors do you see? Why do you see those doctors? What treatment do they give you and how are you responding to that treatment? 

These are the same types of issues that social security evaluated to award you benefits in the beginning. So, they will continue to evaluate as time moves forward. Now currently your case is going to get put in one of three categories. It’s either going to be reviewed quickly in say about a year or if you have problems that are likely to improve and allow you to go back to work but it will take longer that’s a case that gets approved in about three years every three years. Or you could be in a situation where you have conditions that while they might improve it’s unlikely that they will improve enough to allow you to return to work. Social security typically reviews those cases every 5 to 7 years. 

So, you will know once you are awarded benefits how frequently your case is being reviewed by looking at your award letter that social security sends you. Just be aware that yes, your case will be reviewed and if you have improved to the degree that social security believes you can return to work then your benefits will be stopped. 

The Path to Social Security Disability Benefits with Sharon Christie Law

Step 1: Understanding Social Security’s Definition of Disabled

The definition of disabled, according to Social Security, is that you have severe limitations from your health problems that keep you from doing any kind of work for at least 12 consecutive months. This is the first thing we look at when evaluating your case. Your diagnosis is just the starting point. To get disability benefits for you, we must prove that your disabling condition causes severe limitations in your day to day activities.

Step 2: Medical Records in Your Disability Case

You must have medical evidence to prove your disability case. The most important evidence is your medical records that show your diagnosis, your symptoms, and your response to treatment.

Step 3: Don’t go it alone: How Sharon Christie Law Can Help You

At Sharon Christie Law, a Social Security Disability Law Firm, we recognize that no one ever plans to get so sick that they have to stop working. When you need to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits we recognize that you will be anxious about the process and whether you can qualify for disability benefits. Our goal at Sharon Christie Law is to help you win your case and give you the financial stability you need! Why work with us?

We do it all for you: At Sharon Christie Law we handle all aspects of the case for you, from preparing and filing your application through the hearing with a judge. We are with you every step of the way.  When working with us, you focus on feeling better, and we focus on winning your case.

We return your phone calls: We understand that you have many questions regarding Social Security Disability Benefits. We never want you to wonder what is happening with your case. We are here to answer your questions. All phone calls and emails are returned within 24 hours. That is our promise to you.

We believe in client education: The Social Security Disability process is confusing. We think it is important that you understand each step in the process. So, we created a section on our website that is accessible only to clients. This client’s only section tells you everything you need to know about the disability process.