How Long Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits?

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When applying for Social Security disability benefits, or receiving SSD benefits, you may wonder how long you can receive the benefits that are important to you for your daily life. The Social Security Administration conducts reviews of all SSD recipients receiving disability benefits. The medical conditions of all recipients of SSD benefits are reviewed by the SSA from time to time.

When reviewing a recipient’s medical condition, without strong proof that the recipient’s medical condition has improved, allowing them to work, the disabled individual’s benefits will continue. The frequency of review of a particular recipient’s medical condition depends on how severe the medical condition is and how likely it is to improve. Once the disabled individual has been approved for the receipt of benefits, their award letter provides details as to when they should expect their first Social Security Administration review of their medical condition and eligibility for benefits.

There are three categories of review recipients may fall into. If the recipient’s medical condition is expected to improve during a certain time frame, their first review will come six to 18 months after they begin receiving benefits. If improvement of the recipient’s medical condition is possible, they can expect a review by the SSA approximately three years after they begin receiving benefits. If the recipient’s medical condition is not expected to improve, they can expect a review by the SSA around five to seven years after the begin receiving benefits. There are different review periods based on a determination of possible temporary/permanent disability.

During the review process, the process and appeal rights, will be explained to the recipient. Information concerning their medical treatment will be requested by the SSA. The SSA will also inquire about any work the recipient may have performed, as changes in income can also impact eligibility for benefits. An SSA disability examiner and a doctor will review the recipient’s medical file and request medical records. A special examination at the SSA’s expense may be required.

If the SSA determines the recipient still has a qualifying disability, their benefits will continue. If a determination if made that the recipient no longer qualifies for disability benefits, their benefits will end three months after the decision is made. In that case, the recipient has the right to appeal the SSA’s decision. There are many considerations to be aware of when receiving disability benefits to ensure you receive the benefits you should receive for as long as you need them.

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Avedis SmithAvedis Smith
20:02 27 Jul 23
When I first got my review denial letter from SSA and had to appeal I was crushed...I contacted several lawyers and no one wanted to take my case. I contacted Ellene Welsh law firm and spoke with Annette and told her about my situation(she spoke with Attorney Welsh) they agreed and took my case. Let me tell you, they are so thorough...they took the time to explain everything to me each step of the way and obtained all medical records, worked endlessly with my SSA hearing officer, and help ease my anxiety. I'm happy to write after a long battle I received a fully favorable decision with no hearing!! If you need a office that will work tirelessly for you then look no further...Thankyou so much to Attorney Welsh and Annette...
Donl AtkinsDonl Atkins
21:47 02 Jan 23
Mrs Welsh and her staff were so helpful. They kept me informed every step of the way and I received a better decision than I expected.Would hire them again if needed.
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17:19 02 Nov 22
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Kimberly HanbackKimberly Hanback
17:04 05 Oct 22
I had tried to get my disability first with a different lawyer and was turned down. When I called thier office to ask about an appeal they said they couldn't help me and was very rude and hung up on me. Found another lawyer who did my appeal was turned down. I called Ellene Welsh and her and her staff were very nice and helpful. Of course it was during the pandemic so we had to do things differently but she helped me and I won my case. Anytime I had a question they were very helpful and nice. If I could just say if you need a great lawyer with a great staff call her. They will fight for you. Love them.
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20:29 11 Jul 22
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17:46 02 Feb 22
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Pam ScheibPam Scheib
02:49 01 Feb 17
I became a client of Ellene's 3 years ago. When I first met Ellene she took a great deal of time to go over my denied paperwork from Social Security. She explained it was not a quick process and we would be looking at least another year to eighteen months before a hearing. She explained every step! When I had questions Becky and other office staff were always there to walk me through my questions and ease my mind and at times frustrations. Never along this journey did I feel ignored or abandoned. Ellene's staff got all my records together for my hearing and thanks to their hard work we got an immediate decision. It is very rare, I knew it was a good case going in, but Ellene made sure every "I" was dotted and every "T" was crossed. She was excellent in front of the judge and knows what she is doing. It was her 20 plus years experience that makes her so good! I can't thank Ellene and her staff enough for all their time, hard work and dedication in helping me with my case. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a Social Security Disability Attorney.
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