Having your Social Security disability benefits reviewed can be alarming. Because so many disabled individuals and their families rely on disability Social Security disability benefits, it is helpful to understand the review process and how eligibility for benefits is reviewed.
Whether the disabled individual receives Social Security disability benefits for an illness or receives Social Security disability benefits for an injury they have suffered that prevents them from working, knowing how their disability benefits will be reviewed is important. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will review the disabled individual's medical condition to determine if they continue to qualify for disability benefits. When reviewing receipt of disability benefits, the SSA generally looks to the same standards that are used to determine the disabled individual's initial eligibility for benefits.
If the disabled individual's health has not improved and it continues to prevent them from working, they will typically still be considered eligible for benefits. How often a Social Security disability review is conducted depends on both the nature and severity of the disability the disabled individual suffers from. During the review process, the SSA will inquire about whether or not the disabled individual's medical condition has improved and will review the individual's medical records.
The decision-making process during a review process is the same as when the disabled individual is initially evaluated for benefits eligibility and the appeals options and rights are also the same. The process of applying for disability benefits and being reviewed for ongoing eligibility for benefits can be complex which is why disabled individuals should be as familiar as possible with the process.