Preparing for a Continuing Disability Review
Most people spend a great deal of energy actually going through the disability application process. It is no wonder people breathe a sigh of relief when they get benefits. Unfortunately, this relief can often turn into ‘contentment’. The reality is most people don’t realize SSA doesn’t think a person will be on disability benefits forever. At some point in time, SSA will conduct a review of the person’s case to see if they are still disabled.
I know this can be frightening because, in reality, you really have no idea of when SSA will actually conduct this review. Instead of being frightened, try preparing for the possibility of review:
1) Keep getting treatment
I can’t even begin to stress how important maintaining treatment is to your case. It’s easy to get lazy and not go to treatment after you get your benefits but it’s important you do.
2) Pay attention to the things you do
Whether you believe it or not, your daily activities are still important even after you’ve received disability benefits.
3) If you received money from your back pay, you may want to set aside some funds for a representative
Most people have no problems finding a representative when they are applying for benefits. However, it’s hard to find someone while you’re receiving benefits. That’s because there is no back pay. So, most reps are going to require some money upfront to help you.
4) Brace for the possibility that your benefits may end
I know this is not pleasant to here but there may come a time when SSA decides you are no longer disabled. Be prepared for that time.