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How often will disability benefits be reviewed?

When Georgia residents pursue an important goal, there may be more at stake than simply reaching the goal. In many circumstances, maintaining the goal after it is reached can be just as important as getting there in the first place.

This is certainly true when it comes to Social Security disability benefits. While a lot of effort may go into obtaining disability benefits, keeping those benefits after the initial decision is just as important as obtaining them in the first instance.

From time to time, the Social Security Administration reviews individuals' benefits to ensure they still meet the necessary medical requirements. The frequency of a person's reviews will depend on their particular medical condition. Generally speaking, when improvement is possible or expected to occur, the person's case will be reviewed on a more frequent basis as compared to someone who is not expected to improve.

During the review, the agency will examine the person's medical information, including information from doctors who have treated the person since the last contact. The agency is also interested in looking at any work the person may have done since the last review.

After reviewing this information, the agency will make a determination as to whether the person may still receive benefits. If the evidence shows the person's medical condition has improved and they are capable of regular work, the agency may stop the disability benefits. On the other hand, if improvement has not occurred and the person remains unable to work, the benefits would continue. As with the initial decision, if the person is denied benefits and disagrees with the decision, he or she may appeal the decision.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Reviewing your disability," accessed on July 9, 2016

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