Everyone receiving disability benefits has their medical condition reviewed from time to time. Your benefits will continue unless there is strong proof that your condition has improved medically and that you’re able to return to work.
If you receive a notice of termination of benefits, or even a review, contact your lawyer immediately. There is a possibility of continuing benefits during the review of quick appeal is taken after benefits are terminated. Often all that is needed is a strong letter from your treating physician saying there has been no improvement.
How often your medical condition is reviewed depends on how severe it is and the likelihood it will improve. Your award notice tells you when you can expect your first review.
- Medical improvement expected — If your condition is expected to improve within a specific time, your review will be six to 18 months after you started getting disability benefits.
- Improvement possible — If improvement in your medical condition is possible, they will review your case about every three years.
- Improvement not expected — If your medical condition is unlikely to improve, your case will be reviewed about every five to seven years.