Maybe you were under the mistaken belief that Social Security disability means “total disability”. Now you are all set … the benefits will continue indefinitely. Surprise! That is not correct. Disability means that the claimant has a medical condition that prevents him or her from working. Thus, benefits are payable only so long as you remain unable to work. Social Security performs continuing disability reviews periodically to assess ongoing eligibility.
For most people, continuing disability reviews occur every three years. If you are deemed medically able to resume work, your benefits may be terminated. Reviews may occur earlier than three years if the Social Security Administration believes that your condition is likely to improve sooner.
Legally, the burden of proof regarding your continued claim of disability lies with SSA, and the agency often makes mistakes in applying the rules for terminating benefits. You may elect to continue receiving your benefits while you appeal, but you must make the election within ten days. If you receive a termination notice you should contact a disability attorney immediately. Call an attorney who knows the ins and outs of social security disability claims in the State of Washington. You can’t afford to waste another minute! Contact Social Security disability attorney Lyle Clark at (425) 452-3092.