Individuals who receive Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits rely on this income to meet their day-to-day living needs. It should be noted, however, that the Social Security Administration periodically reviews the cases of SSD and SSI recipients. This is called continuing disability review.
The purpose behind SSD and SSI is to provide income to individuals who are disabled to the point that they are unable to work. The Social Security Administration recognizes, however, that a person's condition may improve over time. As a result, all benefits cases are subject to periodic reconsideration. During this process, a recipient's medical and work history is reviewed, taking into consideration his or her current medical condition.
It should be noted that most people who receive some form of Social Security disability benefits continue to receive them throughout their lifetime. However, younger recipients, particularly those whose medical conditions might have hope of improvement, may be subject to review every three years. Older people, and those with more severe conditions, can expect a continuing disability review every seven years.
The review process is typically straightforward. The benefits recipient receives forms in the mail that must be completed and returned to the Social Security Administration. In addition, an appointment will be scheduled during which the recipient will discuss his or her condition with a Social Security representative. These appointments may be completed in person or on the phone.
Many people feel apprehensive about the prospect of a continuing disability review. These individuals might benefit from speaking with an experienced Social Security disability attorney who may provide guidance and representation throughout the review process.