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Why Benefits May Be Terminated

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: June 22, 2015

You followed all the rules and waited patiently, even while being disabled. You were smart and obtained the help you needed from an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney, and now you’re finally receiving Social Security disability benefits. In most cases, those approved for Social Security disability payments will continue to receive a benefit check for years to come, but you should be aware of the reasons why your benefits could be terminated.

Whether you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), an improvement in your medical condition could lead to the termination of your benefits. The Social Security Administration periodically reviews every case to determine if beneficiaries are still disabled. These continuing disability reviews (CDRs) are routine, and most recipients continue to receive benefits after a CDR.

The most common reason someone’s benefits are terminated is because the person has returned to work. While in some circumstances it’s possible to work while also receiving disability benefit payments, the regulations are both precise and complicated, so you should have the advice of a good Social Security disability attorney. Benefits also stop when you reach full retirement age, but that’s when you’ll begin receiving Social Security retirement benefits. If you are sent to prison after being convicted of a crime, your disability benefits will cease for the duration of your incarceration, and some felony convictions will lead to a complete termination of benefits.

Your benefits will also be affected if you enter a nursing home, leave the United States for thirty or more days, or unexpectedly receive additional financial resources such as a substantial inheritance or significant lottery winnings. It can get complicated, so if you are applying for disability benefits or if you have any questions or concerns about the benefits you are currently receiving, take your questions and concerns at once to an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability attorney.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.