The process of applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can
be tremendously complicated. However, once you have begun to receive payments
through Social Security Disability Insurance, do not make the mistake
of assuming that they are automatically yours forever. While many people
will go on to receive a monthly check without interruption, a change in
the circumstances for which you originally qualified can lead to the suspension
or cancellation of your benefits. Below, our blog outlines some of the
ways in which you may lose your SSD benefits.
Finding new employment: Just as with the SSD qualification process, you must meet certain financial
requirements in order to maintain benefits. If at any point you become
gainfully employed and your monthly income exceeds a specified amount,
you may no longer be eligible to receive payments. The cap for monthly
income is always subject to change, however, in 2016 the maximum amount
was set to $1,130. It is also important to note that simply making less
than this amount does not entitle you to benefits.
Falsifying information: If it is discovered that you have knowingly and purposefully provided
false information to the Social Security Administration (SSA), your benefits
can be halted. For a first offense, you may lose benefits for up to 6
months. Each subsequent violation can potentially double the amount of
time your benefits are suspended.
Your health improves: While an improvement in your health can be a cause for celebration, it
can also mean that your benefits will end. The Social Security Administration
will re-evaluate the medical situation of SSD recipients every several
years. If you do find your situation improving, it is important to structure
your financial plans accordingly.
Reaching retirement: When you reach retirement age, any social security disability benefits
that you receive will transfer over and be paid as retirement benefits.
While this will not exactly cause benefits to stop, the distinction between
receiving retirement and disability benefits can be important later on
down the line.
Surpassing the Income threshold: It is not just finding a new job that can push recipients above the income
threshold, any sudden influx of money can disqualify a person from receiving
benefits. This can happen for any number of reasons including, inheritance,
alimony, retirement plans, or pensions.
Imprisonment: If you are found to be guilty of a crime that is punishable by time in
prison, your benefits will be halted until the completion of your sentence.
In the case of particularly serious offenses, such as certain felonies,
benefits may be revoked completely.
For many people, their Social Security Disability benefits can make up
the bulk or entirety of their monthly income. Whether you currently receive
benefits or are in the process of submitting an application, our Sacramento
Social Security disability attorneys can help you to maximize the chances
of securing the funds that you need. If you have any questions about your
specific situation, do not waste any time in contacting Disability Action
Call (888) 421-8705 to
request an initial case evaluation and learn about your legal options.