When a worker in Iowa suffers a debilitating injury, it often means that he or she is no longer able to work and earn a living. Luckily, workers who have been disabled can take advantage of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits to provide financial support. However, for those who are already receiving SSDI benefits, it is important to know what circumstances can cause their disability benefits to be terminated.
Returning to work
The purpose of Social Security Disability Insurance is to provide support for those who are unable to work due to a disability. Therefore, working while still receiving SSDI benefits can raise red flags with the Social Security Administration. However, those who are receiving SSDI benefits are allowed a trial work period (TWP) of up to nine months to see if they can work. They can still draw full benefits during the trial period.
The Social Security Administration can decide to terminate SSDI benefits if the recipient experiences a medical improvement that allows the person to go back to work. The SSA determines this through a process called a Continuing Disability Review (CDR). Those who are selected to complete a CDR will receive a notice in the mail from the SSA stating that their claim is being reviewed. The individual will be asked to provide information about his or her daily activities and recent medical treatment. If the claims examiner finds that the person’s condition has improved and he or she able to work, that person’s SSDI benefits may be terminated.
The processes and requirements surrounding SSDI benefits can be confusing and difficult to understand. Those in Iowa who need help or want to know more about SSDI benefits may want to consider contacting a trusted legal representative. Obtaining the services of an experienced attorney will increase one’s chances of retaining his or her benefits.