You have firsthand knowledge of how difficult receiving Social Security Disability benefits can be. Receiving application acceptance is a triumph, but you may wonder how long you can expect to receive benefits.

The Disability Benefits Center explains situations that may trigger an end to your benefits. Educate yourself on how you can retain your SSD for as long as you need it.

Improved condition

To receive SSD, you must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disabled. After you receive benefits, your condition may improve over time, meaning that you may no longer meet the SSA’s qualifications. Should that happen, you may stop receiving benefits. Another reason for benefits to cease is spending more than 30 days in jail (although you may resume receiving benefits after your release).

Going back to work

Say that you continue to meet the SSA’s definition of disabled, but you return to work. Depending on how much you earn after going back to work, your benefits may end. You can work under a trial period, which allows you to retain benefits and earn a salary simultaneously for nine months. After that period, your benefits stop.

Benefits reviews

No matter if you return to work, count on regular disability benefits reviews from the SSA. Recipients undergo reviews every seven years, three years or 18 months, depending on their circumstances. Failing to respond to reviews could trigger benefits termination.

Age of retirement

Reaching the age of retirement also ends SSD benefits. Something to note about disability while reaching retirement age is that SSD benefits switch over to Social Security Retirement benefits.

Even after receiving approval for SSD, recipients must take steps to remain compliant. Failing to do so could put an end to much-needed financial assistance.