If you are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition, mental illness or injury, you could be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. However, once you have these benefits, it may come as a surprise to you to learn that you do not have a guarantee that you can keep them forever. The SSA does, on occasion, go through and evaluate the cases of people currently receiving benefits.

According to Social Security laws, the SSA will review your case at some point in the future. It is helpful to learn what they look at when reviewing cases. As with all matters relating to disability issues, you may want to seek guidance to get the accurate information you need regarding your ongoing eligibility.

When the SSA reviews your case

The purpose behind reviewing each disability case is to ensure that every person receiving benefits has an actual disabling medical condition. This reduces the chance of a fraudulent claim, and it makes it more likely that people with true disabilities get the help they need and deserve. When your case comes under review, the following will happen: 

  • The SSA will gather new information about your case, specifically your current medical condition.
  • The SSA may contact your doctors, care providers and other professionals who can attest to your current mental or physical condition.
  • The SSA may also ask these individuals how your current condition impacts your ability to work.
  • The SSA can ask for additional testing or an examination if it is necessary to determine whether a person is still eligible. 

It can be devastating for a person who needs disability benefits and has come to depend on them to learn that this support will stop. If this happened to you and you believe it is an erroneous decision, you can fight back through an appeal.

Protecting your status

It is not always easy to secure or retain disability benefits, even if you have a valid medical condition. Many applicants trying to secure benefits or those who want to protect their status will find it beneficial to work with a Michigan attorney who understands the process and knows how to help you navigate each step.

If you are unsure if you are eligible or what the SSA may think if they reevaluate your case, it can help to first reach out for a complete assessment of your case. You may also benefit from hearing a thorough explanation of your legal options.