What Is a Continuing Disability Review?

New_SSAEven if you are granted Social Security disability benefits, you might later receive notice of a “continuing disability review” and wonder what this is. The Social Security Administration is required by law to periodically review the cases of those who have been awarded disability benefits. Cases are usually reviewed about once every three years, but some are reviewed more frequently. Some cases have an instruction directing the SSA to perform a review at a certain later time. Your Notice of Award should tell you when to expect the review of your case.

What do I have to do when I receive my continuing disability review?
When you receive notice of your continuing disability review, you will be asked to fill out a form about your medical treatment, whether you have had any vocational training or employment since the decision, and how your impairment has changed since you were awarded benefits.

What if the SSA finds that I am no longer disabled?
Because the purpose of the review is to ensure that you are still disabled, the SSA might find that your disability has ceased, even though you are truly unable to go back to work. If this happens, the verdict will explain your appeal rights. Discuss your options to appeal in detail with your disability attorney, and make sure that you file your appeal within ten days, so that you continue to receive benefits in the interim.