If you are reading this post, there is a good chance that you recently
received a letter in the mail from the Social Security Administration,
notifying you that the agency plans to review your medical condition.
The SSA is required to periodically review the medical condition of all
individuals who are receiving
Social Security Disability benefits to ensure that they continue to have a “qualifying”
How is your health? Is it the same, or has it improved? If your health
has not improved since you began receiving benefits, or if your disability
is still preventing you from working, you should still continue receiving
the benefits that you need.
SSA Will Collect Information About You
The SSA cannot make a decision about your medical condition and benefits
blindly. That said, the agency will need to collect information about
you. This way the agency can make an informed decision about your current
During the information-gathering process, the SSA will:
- Gather your medical records from doctors, hospitals and other medical sources
that have treated you. The SSA will ask these sources about your medical
condition and how it limits your activities. It will also ask them about
the results of your medical tests and which medical treatments you received.
- If the SSA still needs more information, it will ask you to get a special
examination or test, which will be at NO cost to you.
Once the SSA obtains the above information, it will compare your current
medical condition to what it was the last time the agency reviewed your
case. It will also see if you have any new health problems.
After examining your health, the SSA will form its own opinion about whether
or not your medical condition has improved. If the SSA believes that your
medical condition has improved, next it will decide if it’s improved
enough that you can return to work.
The SSA will consider whether your overall medical condition affects what
types of work you can engage in. Then, the agency will consider whether
you can do the work you did before, or if there is another kind of work
that you might be able to do instead; work that is less physically demanding.
Ultimately, if your medical condition has improved enough that the SSA
believes you can work, your disability benefits will cease, but if you
disagree with the SSA’s decision, you can file an appeal.
To learn more about disability benefits or to file a claim,
contact a Dallas Social Security Disability attorney from The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC!