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The Social Security Administration and limits on benefit payouts

When you’re placed on Social Security Disability for an injury, you deserve to be treated fairly and receive the benefits you need. One thing some people don’t realize is that if you heal or are somehow able to work despite a disability, you could have the benefits taken away.

Is there a point when you could have disability payments taken away?

There are two ways the Social Security Administration can determine that you’re no longer disabled and decide to take away your disability payments. The first is if you start working a substantial amount. In 2016, the amount considered to be substantial is $1,820 per month if you’re blind and $1,130 for all other disabilities. If you’re able to earn this income, the Social Security Administration will no longer distribute benefits, since you are capable of bringing in a sustainable income on your own.

Disability benefits may also be stopped if your medical condition changes. For example, if you were hearing impaired but were able to have a surgery to correct the issue, then you would be able to hear and no longer be considered disabled.

How does the Social Security Administration learn about my condition?

It’s your responsibility to report changes in your condition. If you return to work, you also need to report this to the SSA. If you don’t have any changes in your health or work, you will need to follow up only when necessary according to your benefit requirements.

It’s up to you to make sure you keep your Social Security Disability claim up to date; your attorney can help you file new paperwork or appeal a case in which the administration claims you’re no longer disabled.

Source: Social Security Administration, “Disability Planner: What Can Cause Benefits To Stop?,” accessed Aug. 24, 2016

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