How long will Social Security Disability last?

It’s a question we get all the time. The good news is that time is on your side.

Generally speaking, you should be able to collect a monthly Disability check until you reach full retirement age. Once you hit that magic number, which for most people is age 66, your benefits will simply change from Social Security Disability Benefits to Social Security Retirement benefits.

There are, of course, instances ― other than reaching full retirement age ― that could cause your Disability benefits to stop. Here’s some other reasons why Disability benefits end:

  1. Medical condition improved. Social Security is required to periodically review everyone’s case to determine whether or not they are still disabled. These so-called “Continuing Disability Reviews” (CDRs) are usually given at least once every three years. However, if your condition is not expected to improve, a CDR may happen only every seven years. During a CDR, your case will undergo a process similar to when you first applied. A Disability examiner will review any new medical evidence pertaining to your condition. If they determine that your condition has improved and that you can return to work, they will terminate your benefits.
  2. Returned to work. If you start working while receiving Disability benefits and make more than $1,130 each month (or $1,820 if you are blind), the Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine you are engaging in “Substantial Gainful Activity.”  They will stop your benefits.  The exception to this rule is if you are participating in the SSA’s Trial Work Period or Ticket To Work program.
  3. Went to jail or prison. Because your food, shelter and medical needs are being met while behind bars, you are not eligible to receive benefits while incarcerated. Your Social Security Disability benefits will be suspended 30 days after you were convicted and sent to jail or prison. They can be restored after your release as long as you still qualify for benefits.

Please visit our Disability FAQs page to see other questions like, How long does Social Security Disability last?

We hope you found this information helpful. The experienced attorneys at McDonald Law Firm are skilled in all aspects of Disability law. Whether you want to file an application, appeal a denied Disability claim or just need legal guidance, we can help. Call us today at 877-568-8413.

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