Some disability claimants, once they are awarded benefits, worry that something might happen to make the benefits stop. For the most part, you don’t have to worry about this. The vast majority of claimants are found to have their disabilities continued at the first evaluation. Very few claimants have their benefits halted.
Once you have gone through the difficult process of being awarded benefits for the first time, you should not face nearly as much difficulty continuing to receive them. However, sometimes, as with any large government bureaucracy, something at the Social Security Administration goes wrong and a problem arises. To be best prepared to deal with this hassle:
- Keep all correspondence, notices, and letters you receive from the Social Security Administration in a safe place.
- Carefully read everything you receive from the SSA—not just the letters and notices, but the booklets and pamphlets that come with them as well.
- Pay close attention to any information you see in the booklets regarding what information you must report to the SSA. If you are required to submit any information to them for any reason, send it promptly and in writing, and keep a copy for your own records.