How Often Do I Have To Prove That I’m Disabled To Receive Benefits In Houston, TX?

Getting a determination of disability isn’t the end of your journey. Once you’re declared disabled, you’ll be subject to periodic reviews, depending on your condition. But reviews are part of the process and part of continuing to receive disability payments.

How Often Do I Have To Prove That I'm Disabled To Receive Benefits In Houston, TX?

What Type Of Disability Do You Have?

When you’re approved for disability, your caseworker will set dates for future disability reviews. Generally, these reviews are every three to seven years. However, it also depends on the severity of your disability.

There are three categories of disability conditions:

·         Medical Improvement Expected—if your disability is one that you’ll recover from, you can expect to have a review within six to eighteen months of your original determination

·         Medical Improvement Possible—for conditions from which you are reasonably expected to improve (such as mental illness), reviews are generally conducted every three years

·         Medical Improvement Not Expected—if you’re rated for a condition for which a recovery is not expected, reviews are conducted about every seven years. These conditions can include:

  • Autism
  • Blindness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Deafness
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Some Cancers
  • Cerebral palsy

Children who receive SSI will have a review every 3 years. Children approved for low birth weight will be reviewed around their first birthday, and all children will be reviewed at the age of 18 regardless of what type of disability they have.

Navigating the CDR

Social Security is required by law to perform periodic reviews of individuals who receive disability benefits. This includes gathering medical records for review. The CDR, or Continuing Disability Review, is the process for determining your continuing disability.

When the time comes, Social Security will send you one of two forms to fill out and return:

·         If the likelihood of your recovery is low, you will be sent Disability Update Report (SSA-455-OCR-SM, or “the short form”

·         If your recovery probability is higher, you’ll be sent Continuing Disability Review Report (SSA-454-BK, or “the long form.”

From there, they will examine your medical records, any treatments, improvements in your medical condition and any other determining factors, such as vocational training that allows you to begin doing “substantial gainful work.”

Without any improvements, and the inability to return to “substantial gainful work,” your disability payments will likely continue. However, if they are changed, you do have the right to appeal any decisions.

What Can Affect Disability Benefits

Any major change in your medical condition, income, resources, living arrangements and other circumstances (such as marriage or divorce) can change your eligibility. Disability is need-based with limits on assets and income, so periodic “re-determinations” are regularly conducted. If you’re found to exceed the “allowable limits,” your benefits will be suspended or terminated.

Scheduled For A Review? We Can Help

Regular reviews for disability cases are common, they occur every three to five years, and don’t always mean your benefits will end. Call The Herren Law Firm today at 713-682-8194 (or use our online contact form) to schedule your free consultation. There’s no obligation, and we’ll take your case on a contingency fee basis, with no up-front charges.

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