Many readers of this blog know that Social Security disability benefits can provide significant financial relief to help them may medical expenses, rent, utility bills, food costs and other daily living expenses. Yet, unless an individual is permanently disabled, Social Security disability is meant to be temporary until a disabled individual is able to get back to work. Therefore, as has been discussed previously on this blog, the Social Security Administration routinely reevaluates disability status.
But, there may be other times when the SAA deems that one’s benefits should stop. For example, if the SAA mistakenly continues benefits when they should have been halted, then payments may be discontinued as soon as the mistake is found. Also, SSD benefits might be cut off if a benefits recipient doesn’t follow the person’s doctor’s orders without good reason. This is particularly true if the individual would be able to work if the person followed the doctor’s recommended treatment.
This isn’t even the complete list. Benefits may be ceased if a benefits recipient isn’t compliant with the SAA, for whatever reason, or the person is working and making more than is allowable under SSD guidelines. With all of this in mind, those seeking or already receiving SSD benefits should be sure to be compliant, follow doctor’s orders, and ensure they are abiding by the rules, regulations and laws applicable to this area.
For many though, there will inevitably be a butting of the heads with the SSA. Whether it is over a claim denial or the discontinuation of benefits, disabled individuals can feel like they are being treated unfairly. In these instances, it might be wise to seek out assistance from a qualified legal professional.
Source: Social Security Administration, “How We Decide if You Still Have a Qualifying Disability,” accessed on June 26, 2016