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How the SSA reassesses disability benefits

It can be emotionally challenging to confront the reality that a medical condition leaves you unable to work. Fortunately, if you meet certain federal requirements, many of which are specific to your particular medical condition, then you may qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits. Applying for these benefits can be a grueling process, though, resulting in many initial claims being denied. Many disabled individuals wind up having to appeal their denials before they can obtain the benefits they deserve.

Yet, even then, an individual's right to SSD benefits isn't absolute. In fact, the Social Security Administration will check in on you and your medical condition from time-to-time to make sure you still qualify to receive disability payments.

This review can take many forms. For example, the SSA may reach out to your doctor and other medical providers to determine if your medical condition still limits your ability to engage in substantial gainful employment. This may even include an analysis of any medical test to which you have been subjected. The SSA can even pay for you to undergo additional medical examination. Also, the SSA will look at how your current medical condition affects your ability to perform the job you had prior to the disability's onset, as well as your ability to perform any other kind of work.

The outcome of this review is crucial because it could drastically affect your benefits. If the SSA determined that you aren't follow the treatment planned laid out by medical professionals, or your condition has improved to the point that you are capable of working, then your benefits can be stopped. The same holds true if the SSA finds that you've provided it with misleading or wrong information, or that you are not cooperating with it.

With your financial well-being on the line, it behooves you to ensure that you are prepared to defend yourself against the SSA as they continuously review your claim. If you'd like help with that process, then it may be time to seek out legal help.

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