How Long Will SSD Benefits Last?

When you’re receiving Social Security Disability (SSD) payments, you may think your benefits last forever without any further communication with the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, that’s not the case.

The experienced disability lawyer at The Law Offices of Michael Hartup has put together this guide to help you see how long Social Security Disability benefits last.

If you have further questions on the benefits program or you need help applying for social security disability, contact The Law Offices of Michael Hartup by calling (731) 424-5559.

How do Social Security Disability benefits work?

Social Security Disability benefits, also called Social Security Disability Insurance, are monthly payments given to qualifying workers who are disabled, and/or their families. These payments are distributed by the SSA.

To qualify for SSD payments, you must have earned a certain number of work credits by working a certain number of years. You must have a medical condition that meets SSA’s definition of disability as well.

When do SSD payments start?

Once you’ve been approved by the SSA and qualify for benefits, your payments usually begin with your sixth full month of disability.

Under the law, your payments can’t begin until you’ve been disabled for at least five full months. Your notice of approval for disability benefits payment will include a date for when your payments start.

How are SSD payments paid?

Your Social Security benefits are paid each month. The exact date you’re paid generally depends on the birth date of the person who qualified.

For example, if you receive benefits as a worker who is disabled, your payments will be determined by your birth date. If you receive benefits as a spouse, your payments will be determined by your spouse’s birth date.

If you applied for benefits on or after May 1, 2011, you receive your payments electronically. The SSA uses direct deposit or the Direct Express card program. Checks are also mailed if you aren’t using electronic payments.

How long do my SSD benefits last?

Generally, your disability benefits will remain in effect for as long as you are disabled and you can’t work. However, that doesn’t mean they last indefinitely.

What changes do I have to report to the SSA?

If your health improves, if you go back to work, or if you experience certain life changes, you must report that information to the SSA to continue getting your benefits.

Most importantly, you must tell the SSA if:

  • You return to work
  • Your condition improves
  • There’s any change in your ability to work

These factors affect your eligibility for disability benefits. You should also notify the SSA if:

  • You receive or apply for other disability benefits
  • You move to a new address
  • You change direct deposit accounts
  • You’re unable to manage your money
  • You receive a pension from work not covered by Social Security
  • You get married, divorced, or change your name
  • You no longer care for an adult child who receives benefits or become a parent
  • You’re convicted of a crime, have an outstanding arrest warrant, or violate parole or probation
  • You travel to a country outside of the United States where you can’t receive payments
  • Your citizenship status changes
  • A beneficiary dies

In many of these cases, you may need to follow special instructions or arrange for changes to your payments. If you don’t report these changes right away to the SSA, your payments may be halted.

How does the SSA review my status?

The SSA will review your medical condition periodically to make sure you’re still eligible for benefits. The frequency of reviews depends on your medical condition and whether it’s expected to improve.

Your first review may be scheduled six to 18 months after the date you became disabled. Based on your condition, case reviews may occur every three to seven years after that.

During a review, the SSA will ask you how your medical condition affects you and if it has improved. You’ll need to supply your doctor’s information, patient records, or documentation from other medical sources that have treated you since you last met with the SSA. If you’ve worked, you also need to supply payment information, dates you worked, and the kind of work you did.

Following your review, the Disability Determination Services agency in your state will review your case and make a decision.

What if I disagree with my SSD case review?

Benefits can be stopped if evidence shows that your condition has improved and that you can work regularly. If the Disability Determination Services agency makes a decision you don’t agree with, you can appeal it within 60 days with a disability hearing officer.

How can a disability claims attorney help me?

Filing an SSD application and appealing a decision for a case review can be complex, lengthy processes. In Tennessee, the appeals process and average wait time for a hearing is 11 months.

However, a qualified and experienced disability claims attorney from The Law Offices of Michael Hartup can help you navigate this system, and help prove your case or eligibility.

Call (731) 424-5559 to speak to someone at our Jackson, Tennessee office. Be sure to like and follow The Law Offices of Michael Hartup Facebook page for more news and resources on disability benefits.

How the VA Rates Veterans’ Disabilities

If you got sick or injured while serving in the military, or your service made an existing condition worse, you may qualify for Veterans Association disability compensation.

To determine how much disability compensation to pay you, the VA assigns a disability rating based on the severity of your condition.

This raises one important question, though: How is your VA disability rating calculated?

Below, the experienced veterans’ disability lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael Hartup explains how the VA’s rating system works, how they determine combined ratings and more.

If you need additional help with filing a veterans’ disability claim in Tennessee, call Michael Hartup at 731-424-5559.

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Frequently Asked Questions About SSA and VA Claims Amid COVID-19

With both the Social Security Administration and Veterans Affairs offices closed to the public, you may find that filing a claim is more challenging throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

We know this is a difficult time for you and your family. Below, we answer frequently asked questions about new and ongoing claims in an effort to provide some relief.

If your question is not answered below, please call 731-424-5559 for immediate assistance or contact us online.

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Veterans Disability: What Happens If My Disability Worsens Over Time?

Once the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines that you have a service-connected disability, you’re assigned a disability rating that determines the amount of compensation you receive.

But what happens if your condition worsened and your health has deteriorated?

Below, the veterans disability lawyer at The Law Offices of Michael Hartup discusses how your disability rating works and what options you may have for increasing your rating and compensation.

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How Child Support Affects SSD Benefits

Are you unable to work due to a medical condition or injury, but currently pay child support? If so, you likely have questions.

Will I be required to continue paying child support? How can I afford it when my wages have been cut so drastically? Is it possible for my wages or disability benefits to be garnished?

These questions are incredibly important, which is why the Law Offices of Michael Hartup are sharing information you need to know about SSD and child support.

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Social Security Disability Administrative Hearings

If your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) benefits was denied, you may still appeal the decision through the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Jackson disability lawyer Michael Hartup has extensive experience helping disabled Tennessee residents successfully appeal denied SSD claims. If you live in the greater Jackson, TN, area and believe your application for SSD benefits was wrongfully denied, please call The Law Offices of Michael Hartup today at 731-513-5284 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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Common Reasons for Denied SSD and Veterans Disability Claims

The unfortunate truth is that most initial applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) and veterans disability benefits are denied. However, many issues with denied claims can be addressed with the help of a knowledgeable disability lawyer, who can guide you through the application or appeals process.

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