When people lose their ability to work because of a serious medical condition, trying to make ends meet is a challenge in itself. Social Security offers some relief for these people, in the form of disability benefits.
But if you’ve applied for disability benefits through Social Security, or if you’re currently receiving them, you know how difficult the process is. The last thing you want to do, then, is risk losing the benefits you’ve worked so hard for.
While unlikely, it’s not impossible to lose your SSDI benefits, or face other issues, even after being approved. If this is something you’re worried about, keep reading to understand how you can avoid this outcome.
Common SSDI issues and how to avoid them
Once granted, SSDI benefits are fairly secure. But they can be taken away under limited circumstances:
- You’re not disabled anymore. Sometimes, a person who receives disability benefits will lose eligibility because their condition improved. Even conditions that meet the definition of “permanent,” meaning that they last for twelve months or are considered terminal, may not last forever.
- You’re working too much. Even if you still have a disability, Social Security will reevaluate your eligibility if you’re not unable to work. While SSDI doesn’t have the same stringent income requirements as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you’ll eventually be cut off if your earnings are consistently over a certain threshold.
- You’re suspected of falsifying information. If you’re granted SSDI under false pretenses, and the truth comes out, you’ll be ineligible for future payments. Additionally, you might be expected to pay back benefits you’ve already received.
Should you worry about losing your SSDI benefits?
While it’s understandable to worry, especially if SSDI payments are your only source of income, these fears are most often unfounded. Losing eligibility for SSDI isn’t likely to happen unless your condition improves.
But if you’re still concerned about the future of your SSDI payments, or if your condition is improving and you want to know what’s next, contact us. We’d love to put your mind at ease. Call, email, or text us for a free consultation with an experienced disability attorney.