Once approved for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, you will continue to receive them as long as you meet the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s definition of “disability.” This means that obtaining monthly SSD payments throughout your lifetime is possible — but not necessarily a guarantee.
What Eligibility Requirements Must You Meet to Receive Disability Benefits?
In order to receive disability benefits, you need to have:
- Up-to-date medical records
- Maintain contact with your physician, and
- Keep any and all legal documentation organized
Generally, the more evidence and support you have for your case, the more likely you are to receive disability benefits long-term.
What Makes Someone Lose Their Ability to Receive Disability Benefits?
While indefinite monthly benefits may seem normal, there are reasons the SSA may suspend your disability payments. Most of these reasons stem from recovery or from the beneficiary’s desire to re-enter the workforce.
The SSA is required by law to review all disability claims every few years. This is in order to verify that beneficiaries are maintaining the criteria for monthly disability payments. However, there are certain triggers that can generate a review such as:
- Assumed improvements to your existing medical condition
If you receive word from the Social Security Administration that your case will undergo review by the Disability Determination Services, you will need to provide current medical evidence that your condition still exists.
Related: Myth: It Takes Years to Get Approved for Disability: DAG Radio, Episode 3
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Megan Kelly is a former blogger and copywriter for LeadingResponse.