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October 7, 2022

If you have been awarded disability benefits because of a successful claim, you may be left wondering if they could be taken away — and if so, under what circumstances? In this blog post, the team at Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., discusses if you can lose disability benefits, and if so, what you can do about it. 

How Could I Lose My Disability Benefits?

While the Social Security Administration (SSA) rarely stops disability because of medical improvement, it does happen. Benefits can also be lost if someone’s income changes. About every three years, the SSA conducts a continuing disability review (CDR). If a claimant is older than 50, or if your medical condition is not likely to improve, you may have a CDR every seven years instead. 

If your claim was approved at the hearing level and the administrative law judge believes there is a chance that your medical condition could improve, he or she may request that you have a CDR earlier than three years after your claim was approved. When you have a CDR, Disability Determination Services (DDS) will review your recent medical records and confirm that your medical condition still qualifies for disability benefits. 

Social Security Disability Lawyer in Omaha and Council Bluffs 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed  to support yourself. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here

Why Are Disability Benefits Ever Stopped? 

Disability checks stop coming for two reasons. Here is a closer look at how you could lose disability benefits. 

  • Your condition improves and you’re deemed capable of sustaining full time employment 
  • You can now engage in “substantial gainful activity” (SGA). As of 2022, this means as you can earn at least $1,350 per month on your own 

You can work part-time and receive disability benefits — but if your earnings exceed SGA, your benefits will eventually end. 

Unpaid work – such as volunteering – can affect your disability benefits in some situations. The SSA could review your volunteer work and determine if the kind of work you are doing, and the amount of work you are doing, would be paid at the SGA level if you were getting paid for those duties. The SSA can review your non-work activities. In most cases, volunteering a limited number of hours per week is acceptable. 

Do I Qualify for Disability Benefits? 

If you have questions regarding disability benefits, you can contact the SSA at 1-800-772-1213. You can also speak with an experienced disability attorney. Watson and Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., has helped thousands of disabled workers throughout the years. Call for a case evaluation. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a medical malpractice case or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

Our firm can help. Call 402-991-2100 or email contact@watsoncarroll.com. You also can fill out our confidential contact form.


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