The Social Security Administration (SSA) periodically reviews benefit recipients’ disabilities to determine whether or not they are still disabled. The Administration is mandated by law to perform these reviews, referred to as Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs), periodically for all disability benefits recipients.

What a Continuing Disability Review Entails

When a periodic review of your case is due, you will receive a letter in the mail from the SSA informing you that your Social Security disability review has begun. The Administration also will send you a medical report form to obtain information about your condition and about the doctors, clinics and hospitals that you have seen within the past 12 months. Additionally, the Administration will review your income, resources and living arrangements to ensure you still meet the non-medical requirements. This periodic review is referred to as a redetermination.

The SSA then will send your file to the Disability Determination Service (DDS) in Raleigh, N.C., the agency responsible for making the new decision. The DDS will review the records that they receive. In some cases, the DDS may schedule a special test or consultative examination for you to obtain more information about your condition. You are not required to pay for these tests or exams; the SSA will be required to take care of the bill.

The DDS will review the facts and see if any new medical issues have arisen.  The agency then will decide is your medical condition has improved, and if so, whether you are able to return to work.

How often will your case be reviewed?

The frequency of your periodic reviews depends upon your disability. The SSA explains, “The law requires us to perform a medical CDR approximately every three years, unless we determine you have a condition that we expect will improve sooner than that. However, if you have a condition that is not expected to improve, we will still review your case, but not as often as every three years.”

How Periodic Reviews Affect Your Disability Benefits

If the agency determines that you are still disabled and still meet the non-medical requirements, your benefits will continue as normal. However, if it decides that you have medically recovered to the point that you can return to your past work or other work that you can do as result of their looking at your age, education, and work experience, the SSA will cease your benefits.

If you are up for review and have questions about substantiating your disability, or if your benefits were shut off and you’d like to appeal, contact Patton Brown Law in Winston-Salem. Call us today at 855-860-2150 for a free consultation.