When disabled individuals realize that they need to apply for Social Security
Disability benefits, one of the first questions that enters their minds
is, “How long can I receive SSDI benefits for?”
This is a reasonable question, especially since some other benefit programs,
such as workers’ compensation impose time limits for receiving benefits.
Let’s say that a 50-year-old man has been receiving SSDI benefits
for three years. His two children are also receiving
SSDI under his work record. Assuming that he stays disabled, how long can he
continue to receive SSDI? Will the benefit amount that he’s receiving
increase or decrease in the future?
It Depends on Your Medical Condition
In the above scenario, the man would receive Social Security Disability
benefits as long as he is disabled and unable to engage in any meaningful
work. However, there are circumstances that can change a person’s
eligibility or disability benefit.
For example, the person’s health can improve to the point where they
have recovered and they can go back to work.
Please note that under the law, the Social Security Administration reviews
cases from time to time to verify that the individual is still disabled.
The SSA notifies the person when it is time to review their case, and
Uncle Sam keeps beneficiaries informed about their benefit status.
If you are receiving SSDI benefits, it is your responsibility that let
the SSA know if your health improves or if you return to work.
Cost of Living Increases (COLA)
In January 2015, there was a 1.7% cost-of-living (COLA) adjustment for
Social Security. Generally, people’s Social Security benefits increase
whenever there is an increase in cost of living, which is measured by
the consumer price index.
There was no COLA in January 2011 and January 2012, so there likely won’t
be an increase in 2016. According to an
InvestmentNews report, it appears as if Social Security recipients will not be receiving
a cost-of-living adjustment in January.
Dallas Social Security Disability attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm to get all of your SSDI questions answered!