Continuing Disability Review

Will your case be periodically reviewed?

Once your disability application is approved, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will periodically review your case. They will do this to determine whether or not you still meet the requirements needed to receive benefits. SSA is required by law to perform a continuing disability review (CDR), depending on the nature of the impairment, every 3 to 7 years. But in reality, the frequency with which these reviews take place will vary from recipient to recipient,due to SSA’s backlog. If you’re receiving disability for an ailment that is expected to improve, then your CDR may come before 3 years. On the other hand, if it‘s an ailment that’s permanent or not expected to improve, CDRs could take place around every 7 years–or longer.

The CDR will not only examine the state of your disability but it will also take a close look at your income, accommodations, and other resources. This is to ensure that you’re still meeting all the non-medical requirements which come with disability benefits.

The CDR process works differently for children. Generally, they will still occur with the same frequency, but, for instance, if a child is determined to be disabled based on low birth weight, then SSA will usually do a CDR by age of one,and once the child turns 18, their status will be automatically reviewed to see if they qualify for disability benefits as an adult.

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