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What to Do If You Received an SSDI Termination Letter

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Waking up one morning to find out that you’ve lost your social security disability insurance (SSDI) can be overwhelming and leave you worrying about the future. However, if you’ve received a letter in the mail explaining that your benefits have been terminated, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do.

If you believe the Social Security Administration (SSA) made a mistake, or you’re unsure why you’ve been terminated from the program, we can help. Our team at Gade & Parekh, LLP, has helped several Californians with various social security issues and ensured that they received the benefits they were entitled to. You may not know how to fully present your case, or you may leave out crucial details that would strengthen your argument. By speaking with us beforehand, we can evaluate your situation in full and create a strong case that may allow you to receive benefits again.

Why Would I Receive a Termination Letter?

If the SSA believes that you don’t qualify as having a disability, they will terminate your benefits. While you’ll receive benefits for two more months after the letter is sent, you may still qualify for their program.

To be considered disabled, you must have a mental or physical condition that could result in one of two situations.

  1. The condition would result in death if you attempted to work.
  2. The condition is expected to last for at least a full year.

You shouldn’t have to work if you have a disability, and if you’ve received a termination letter, you may wonder what to do next.

What to do if you received an SSDI termination letter

Appealing the SSA’s Decision

If you believe that you deserve social security benefits despite hearing otherwise, you have the right to appeal the SSA’s decision to terminate your benefits. If you previously were denied social security and appealed the decision, this scenario works nearly the same way.

Before filing an appeal, however, you may want to contact an attorney who understands social security law. Proving that you have a disability can be challenging in any case, but an experienced attorney can fight for the compensation you deserve. If you submit your appeal no later than ten days after you receive the letter, you can still receive benefits while the SSA processes your appeal. If you miss the ten-day deadline, you can still submit an appeal, though you won’t collect any benefits while they process it. If the SSA agrees with your appeal, you’ll receive your benefits as usual. However, if they determine that you’re not disabled, then they will terminate your benefits as they originally intended. This can be a frustrating experience, but a lawyer can still be brought in to challenge the SSA’s decision if they continue to deny your appeal.

The Benefits of an Attorney

Proving that you’re disabled can be complex. However, this scenario becomes easier if you have help from a qualified SSDI attorney.

You may leave out crucial details if you were to appeal the decision alone. You may also submit an appeal improperly or incorrectly. By speaking with an attorney beforehand, they can ensure that your appeal presents the strongest possible case for your situation. The SSA tends to deny appeals frequently, but mistakes do happen everywhere. No matter your situation, you have the right to challenge the SSA’s decision, and an attorney can help you adequately present your case.


Q: What Happens If My SSDI Is Terminated?

A:You will lose your benefits after two months following a notice from the SSA about the termination of your benefits. You’ll receive a letter in the mail notifying you that your benefits will be terminated, and once they are, you won’t be able to collect money every month. If you believe that you still deserve compensation, you have the right to appeal the decision.

Q: Why Was My Disability Terminated?

A: The SSA most likely believes that your situation doesn’t qualify as a disability anymore, or they made a mistake and terminated your benefits when you still qualify. To be considered disabled, your condition must prevent you from working, as working could result in death, or your condition will last at least a year. If your benefits are terminated, file an appeal, and speak with an attorney immediately.

Q: Can SSDI Be Stopped Without Notice?

A: No, your SSDI cannot be stopped without first notifying you of the situation. This must be done in writing, and they must also inform you as to why your benefits are being determined and what you can do about it. If your benefits stop, and you didn’t receive a notice, you either didn’t see it in the mail, or the SSA made a mistake. In either case, have an attorney work with you to resolve the problem.

Q: What Does It Mean When Social Security Terminates Your Ticket to Work?

A: If you’ve been enrolled in the Ticket to Work program, you’ll collect social security benefits while maintaining employment. If the SSA believes that you no longer qualify for this program, they will terminate your benefits. Your benefits will then end in the month the program is terminated. Of course, you can appeal this decision and defend yourself alongside a knowledgeable attorney.

Gade & Parekh, LLP, Can Help

Losing your SSDI benefits out of nowhere can be scary, but you have legal options available. Many choose to file an appeal instantly, but they forget certain details that would strengthen their case and prove they’re correct. If you believe that you still qualify for benefits, despite being notified of termination, it’s crucial that you speak with an attorney immediately before filing an appeal. If you live in California, we can help defend you.

At Gade & Parekh, LLP, we evaluate our clients’ cases carefully and use our knowledge of SSDI law to build a strong defense against termination notices. The SSA can be intimidating, which is why many struggle to retain their benefits. Even if they’ve made a mistake, it can be difficult to prove that you’re in the right. We have several years of experience challenging the SSA and receiving or retaining compensation for many Californians, and we’re prepared to help you as well.

Contact us today to learn more.

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