While you sustained an injury that left you unable to work, the good news is you received an approval for Social Security Disability. How long can you expect to receive benefits?

The Disability Benefits Center explains circumstances that can end your SSD. Learn how to prepare for a change in benefits or a change in your disability.

Reasons for benefits to end

The Social Security Administration has its own definition of “disabled.” Should the day come when you no longer fit that definition, perhaps because your injury improves, you may no longer receive benefits. The SSA also cuts off benefits if a recipient heals enough to go back to work, or because of incarceration. Officials make such determinations after reviews, which occur between every 18 months to every seven years, depending on the extent of your injury and your prognosis.

When benefits shift

Say that your disability makes it so you cannot return to work. Even then, you stop receiving Social Security Disability when you reach the age of retirement. After that, you switch to receiving Social Security Retirement benefits.

No matter if you eventually recover, you must take steps to ensure you continue to qualify for benefits. Ensure your physician, pharmacist, physical therapist and any other professional taking care of you knows how your disability limits your daily activities, so you can continue to document the extent of your disability for upcoming reviews. When review time rolls around, act quickly in responding and sending necessary information or documentation.

Do not take Social Security Disability for granted. Use your benefits wisely; understand that receiving them for the rest of your life is no guarantee.