Considering how difficult it can be to obtain disability benefits to begin with, having your benefits reviewed can make for an anxious time. Will you lose your benefits? What’s the purpose of the review, anyway? How often can you expect your benefits to be reviewed? Let’s dig into some answers.
Why is a review necessary?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is required, by law, to periodically review the status of anyone who is receiving disability benefits. This is regardless of age or the type of disability. It’s not something you have to schedule yourself to remember – instead, the SSA will initiate a continuing disability review (CDR) by sending you a request for updated information.
How often will a review occur?
The frequency of a review depends upon the person’s age and disability. Typically, they occur anywhere from every three years to seven years, but the period can also be shorter or longer. A big factor is whether the underlying disability is likely to improve over time. If a condition is expected to improve, the CDR may happen in less than three years. If there is no expectation of improvement (such as loss of limb), it may be more than seven years.
An individual who is older usually has a CDR less frequently, while younger individuals can expect a CDR more often. In fact, children can expect a CDR automatically when they turn 18, since the standards for minors and adults are somewhat different.
If you’re notified of an upcoming CDR and need help with it, don’t hesitate to ask. A qualified professional who is experienced in disability benefits law can assist you, so that the review is completed correctly and your benefits remain uninterrupted.