It is a common misconception that once Social Security disability benefits are awarded, the beneficiary is home free and will receive the same amount for the rest of their life. However, this is most certainly not the case. The Social Security Administration does several types of reviews of recipients to ensure that the benefits they are receiving are appropriate for both their disability and their level of income from other sources. One such review, the Social Security Continuing Disability Review, is conducted anywhere from every six months to every seven years, depending on how likely the recipient is to improve, and can drastically impact the amount of benefits an individual receives.
What Is a Social Security Continuing Disability Review?
It is important to understand what the SSD Continuing Disability Review actually is. This review is conducted by the Social Security Administration for all recipients of monthly Social Security disability benefits. This review is conducted to determine if your medical condition has improved, and if you still require benefits. If your condition has stayed the same, your benefit amount should stay the same. If your condition has improved and/or you have stopped receiving medical care for your condition, your benefits may be reduced or stopped altogether. Generally, if your condition has worsened, you will have to file an appeal on your own to get your benefit amount increased.
Do I Need an Attorney to Assist?
While an attorney is not always necessary, there are several reasons you should consider hiring an attorney with a strong background in Social Security Disability cases to assist you in completing the paperwork and interview process for your Social Security Continuing Disability Review. First, an attorney knows the ins-and-outs of the system and knows what information and key data your paperwork needs to contain in order to get approved. Second, your attorney will know the best strategies to get the largest settlement or disability benefit award possible. Your attorney will give you advice on the best way to proceed. Finally, your attorney will handle most of the legwork for you, so you don't have to deal with the stress of chasing down documents and preparing your application and other paperwork.
The thought of any type of review or dealings with the Social Security Administration can be intimidating. You are not required to enlist the help of an attorney when you are dealing with Social Security issues. However, many applicants and benefit recipients have better luck obtaining a favorable judgment when assisted by an attorney. Many attorneys will take your case with no up-front fee, and collect their fees after you receive a settlement or are awarded benefits. For more information, contact a disability attorney like Bruce K Billman.