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Do I Have to Apply Every Year After I Start to Receive Benefits?

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You do not need to apply every year after you start to receive benefits. However, the Social Security Administration will review your qualifications for benefits on a regular basis. During this process, you may need to supply additional information to prove you still qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

The Social Security Administration will regularly review your health status to ensure you still qualify for disability payments. In general, if your health has not improved, you should continue to get your regular monthly cash benefits.

The frequency of reviews depends on the nature and severity of your illness and resulting impairment:

  • If doctors expect you to improve, your case reviews will occur every six to 18 months
  • If doctors believe improvement is possible, your case reviews will occur about every three years
  • If doctors do not believe your condition will improve, your case reviews will occur about once every seven years

Alternatively, some impairment listings have their own time limits built in. For example, if you underwent a transplant as a treatment for your condition, the Blue Book listing of impairments calls for a review after one year. At this time, the Social Security Administration will look at your medical records to determine whether you have any residual disability from the transplant.

In theory, your monthly cash benefits should continue until your condition improves. If it has improved but prevents you from keeping a job, your benefits should still continue. However, we understand that theory does not always align with practice.

You can file an appeal to help you keep the disability benefits you need and deserve. Be aware, however, that you only have a short window of opportunity to act. You need to file your appeal quickly to ensure you continue receiving benefits.

So, act today, and let us argue your case before the Administrative Judge.

Talk to a Virginia Social Security Disability Attorney

The lawyers from Kalfus & Nachman know what it takes to get you approved for Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income benefits. We can file your initial claim, attempt to get it marked for the Compassionate Allowance program, and file an appeal, if necessary.

We may also be able to pursue additional compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim on your behalf. If your injuries and impairments occurred because of an accident, let us review the case and determine if we can pursue compensation for your injuries.

Whether you’re preparing your first SSDI application, submitting your claim for Reconsideration or appealing a rejected claim, you have a greater chance of success with the help of a knowledgeable lawyer.

Attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman PC understand the complex SSDI application process and the information necessary to receive approval while maximizing the financial support you need for your condition. We also have a thorough knowledge of the appeals process and can help you assemble the additional information necessary to bolster your claim if you’ve been denied.

If you live in the Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach or Roanoke, Virginia, areas and need assistance filing your SSDI application or making an appeal, please contact Kalfus & Nachman PC by phone at (855) 880-8163 or through the form on this page to schedule a free consultation.

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