How Long Can You Receive Disability Benefits?
Once you get approved for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, you will continue to receive disability benefits 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 Are Needed 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 like the norm, there are reasons the Social Security Administration 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 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.
How Having a Legal Representative Can Help
If you have worked with a legal representative in the past that helped you receive disability benefits, you’re in luck. Using the knowledge and insight you learned from your disability advocate or attorney may help you in gathering the proper medical and legal documentation that you will need to provide the Disability Determination Services with.
If you have not yet started receiving benefits and want to start an application, fill out the form on this page to see if you qualify for legal representation. An experienced Social Security advocate or attorney in your area can help you make a successful claim and provide you with further information you may be searching for.