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Can SSD benefits be cut off?

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Many people living in California receive Social Security disability benefits. In most cases, these individuals rely on that income to pay for basic living expenses. As a result, benefit recipients are often concerned about the possibility that their benefits could be cut off.

SSD benefits are awarded to people who have become disabled and are no longer able to earn a significant income. The expectation when awarding these benefits is that the recipient has a disability that severely impairs his or her ability to maintain employment and that this impairment will last for at least a year.

There are cases in which the Social Security Administration may terminate the benefits of someone who is receiving SSD. It should be noted, however, that the SSA will only terminate someone’s benefits if it has reason to do so. The two most common reasons for termination are that the recipient has been able to return to work and earn enough money so as to be disqualified for benefits or that the recipient’s condition has improved such that they should be able to resume employment.

It should be noted, however, that the rules of the Social Security disability program allow people to work while receiving benefits providing that the amount of money earned is less than the threshold amount set by the SSA. In addition, individuals who are interested in attempting to return to work are encouraged to do so and are able to continue to receive benefits while testing their ability to hold down paid employment.

SSD recipients who are concerned about the possibility of losing their benefits may want to speak with an experienced attorney. A lawyer may be able to review their case and address any challenges to the client’s eligibility for continued participation in the SSD program.