As previous posts here have mentioned, it can be a difficult process for residents of Central Florida to get disability benefits from the Social Security Administration, even if they have a bona fide illness or injury. The obstacles with getting these benefits are one reason why many Florida residents seek out the assistance of a Social Security attorney when filing their disability claim or appealing a denial of their claim.
Unfortunately, getting benefits is, to some extent, the first step in an ongoing process, as the Social Security Administration monitors those who are already receiving benefits to make sure that they continue to be eligible for those benefits. If the SSA discovers that a person might not be eligible, then it may decide to cut a person’s disability benefits.
There is a process that the SSA follows before cutting a person’s benefits. The purpose of this process is to make sure the person has adequate notice that the benefits are going to be cut and give that person the opportunity to protest the SSA’s action. For instance, as part of this process, a person who is facing the loss of benefits has the option of appealing the decision. The person must properly file an appeal within 60 days.
It is equally important, however, that a person be aware that, unless they take additional action, then they may lose their benefits until they have an opportunity to appeal. Florida residents who need these benefits will likely want to take advantage of the opportunity to keep them in effect, but they should be warned that if it turns out they did not legally deserve these benefits, they may be required to repay them.