How Long do Disability Benefits Last?

If you are receiving disability benefits, you may wonder how long they will continue, and even whether something could stop them from coming.

In a normal case, your benefits simply will continue until you reach retirement age, and then will simply switch programs so the benefits come from your retirement funds.

One thing that could stop benefits is if you are earning too much money. Social Security has elaborate plans for encouraging people to return to work. if you regain some of your health and are able to earn an income, this may affect your benefits. If you earn over than $1,010 per month in 2012, your benefits will be suspended.

There are complicate rules about Trial Work Periods and offsets for medical expenses if you are earning money. Always check in with Social Security when you make changes in your income.