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Continued Eligibility for SSDI Benefits

If you recently became disabled and are interested in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you may be wondering how long you can expect to receive SSDI benefits, and that is a valid question.

Fortunately, there isn’t a time limit for receiving SSDI benefits. Usually, once someone is approved for SSDI, their benefits continue as long as they are still disabled. However, under certain circumstances, one may no longer be eligible for disability benefits, and these include:

  • The person’s health improves and they are no longer considered disabled.
  • The recipient would prefer to return to work rather than continue receiving disability benefits.

While there is no set time limit that says you can’t receive disability benefits after a certain number of months or years, the law does state that the Social Security Administration must review a recipient’s case periodically to verify that he or she is still disabled.

If you are approved for disability benefits, the SSA will notify you when it’s time for the agency to review your case, and they will keep you updated about your benefit status.

Once you are approved for benefits, you will have certain responsibilities. For example, you must notify the SSA when your health improves or when you return to work.

What if I want to go back to work?

Often, those who receive disability benefits find that they miss working. They miss their co-workers, being productive and keeping busy. In fact, many people are very eager to return to work and are looking forward to recovering from their medical disability.

If you’re like a lot of people on disability, you’d prefer to work rather than living off disability benefits. Fortunately, the SSA understands that returning to work can be a gradual process.

The agency has established special rules that allow people to continue receiving benefits and Medicare as they see if they are able to return to work – these are known as “work incentives.”

For more information about applying for disability benefits and the work incentives, contact a Dallas Social Security Disability lawyer from The Zendeh Del Law Firm.