Receiving financial help from the government can come as a great relief to Minnesota residents and those across the country who are struggling. In particular, individuals who have suffered an injury or have a condition that is considered a disability may feel grateful for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits that they receive. However, it is important to remember that these benefits are not always permanent.
The Social Security Administration often conducts reviews of case files periodically to determine whether benefits should continue. The timing of the review can depend on the nature of the disability and whether improvement is expected, possible or not expected. For those whose disability is expected to improve, the SSA will conduct a review between six and 18 months after the person begins receiving benefits. For a disability that could possibly improve, the review will occur at or after the three-year mark of receiving benefits, and the SSA will review cases at or after the seven-year mark for individuals not expected to improve.
If the SSA determines that a condition has reached a point where the person would no longer be considered disabled, benefits will come to an end. Additionally, if a person is working and making at least $1,260 per month, or what the SSA considers substantial earnings, benefits will stop. However, if a disability prevents a person from working entirely or from making substantial earnings, benefits will likely continue.
It can be worrisome to wonder whether the SSA might suddenly stop one’s Social Security disability benefits, but fortunately, these issues do not typically happen out of the blue. If Minnesota residents believe that the SSA is planning to stop their benefits for an unjust reason or that the SSA believes that their disability has improved when it has not, it may be necessary to fight to keep benefits. This type of situation can be complicated, so it is typically wise to have a legal advocate experienced in SSD to help.