What Are Continuing Disability Reviews?
U.S. citizens are entitled to a number of different benefits that are provided by the government. One of these is Social Security Disability Insurance, which provides income supplements to people who are physically restricted from being able to work. If you are receiving Social Security Disability payments, then you will be asked to periodically submit to a review of your case to determine whether there has been any change in either your ability to work or your financial situation. This request may come as frequently as every six months or as infrequently as every seven years, depending upon your individual situation. If you have received a notification in the mail asking you to fill out forms and return them to the Social Security Administration Office, then you are probably asking yourself what Continuing Disability Reviews are, and what your rights are. The experienced Connecticut Social Security Disability lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can provide you with the answers you need.
There are two types of reviews that the Social Security Administration Office is likely to request. One is work and the other is medical. While the work review will look at your earnings to see whether your income has remained the same or has grown to be too high for you to continue to be eligible, the medical review will determine whether your disability still exists and is still keeping you from being able to work.
The frequency of Continuing Disability Reviews is determined by the original disability as well as by your age. If the disability is one from which it is anticipated that you may recover, then you are likely to be asked to submit to a review every six months. If your disability is one from which you are not likely to recover it will be a longer period of time between reviews, and if you are over 50 then you are likely to only be asked to come in for a review every seven years. The review itself is similar to the original review that was done when you first filed your original disability claim. You will be sent an interview form that asks about any improvements or declines that you may have experienced in your health, any doctor or hospital visits, and your medical records, all with an eye to determining whether there has been a change. If the team determines that you are now able to return to work, you will continue to receive benefits for a period of two more months to allow you time to find employment.
It is important to note that the laws regarding what is defined as a disability are constantly changing, but that once benefits have already been awarded and your condition has not improved, they will not be taken away.
If you have been notified that you have to submit to a Continuing Disability Review and you have questions, the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help. Call us today to learn more about your rights.