If you received a letter from the California branch of the Social Security Administration stating that your medical condition is up for review, you may be wondering if you’ll still be eligible for benefits. State laws require that your case be reviewed periodically as part of the SSDI process. This is necessary to determine whether you still have a disability or if your condition has improved.
Which factors may compromise your SSDI benefits?
If you have a disability that prevents you from working, you’ll continue receiving benefits. The SSDI process gives you a chance to prove that you have a qualifying disability and verifies that your SSDI benefits won’t stop before they should. The Social Security Administration will evaluate all the details of your condition. If you have more than one disability, the administration evaluates how all of your conditions impact your ability to work.
Frequency of SSDI reviews
The frequency of your reviews will depend on the severity and nature of your disabilities and whether your conditions are expected to improve. If your disability will likely improve, you’ll receive your first review 6 to 18 months after you started receiving benefits. If your disability will possibly improve but doctors can’t predict the time of improvement, you’ll receive a case review every three years. If your disability is not expected to improve, the SSDI process will schedule a review for you every seven years.
Your award letter will indicate when you should expect your initial medical review. After the review, the Social Security Administration will ask you how your disability affects you and whether your condition has improved. Consult with an experienced attorney to make sure you have all appropriate documents to present to the Social Security Administration during your case review.