What are Some Reasons Why Your Social Security Disability Payments Might Stop (and What Can You Do About It)?

Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits are never guaranteed; your compensation could stop after years, even decades of reliable payments. If benefits suddenly cease, one of two common culprits may be to blame: excessive income or improved medical condition.

You Earn Too Much Money

The Social Security Administration (SSA) can stop providing benefits if it deems your income substantial. As of 2016, this threshold was $1,130 per month for most disabled individuals, but $1,820 for blind SSDI recipients.

You Aren’t Ill Or Injured Enough

SSDI benefits only last as long as your medical condition. A swift recovery may result in a prompt halt to your disability payments. Unfortunately, only the SSA can determine whether you are truly healthy enough to no longer receive compensation.

What to Do if Benefits Stop

You have the right to appeal SSA decisions if you believe they were made in error. Request a reversal within sixty days of receiving notice of your halted benefits. If you fail to seek an appeal within that time frame, you must let the SSA know why you missed the deadline. If your request is made within ten days of receiving notice, you may continue to obtain payments as your case is re-examined.

Should you lose your appeal, you still have the opportunity to prove your eligibility for disability benefits. Following an initial reconsideration, your case may be presented in a formal hearing or even in federal court. Whether you appear in court or meet with a disability hearing officer, you will have the opportunity to submit evidence indicating that you are still disabled or that your income is not high enough to warrant a ceasing of benefits.

If you no longer receive Social Security disability, and you believe you should, contact Smith, Wallis and Scott, LLP to learn more about your options.

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