How Long Will I Receive Disability Benefits?

Posted on August 9th, 2018

Once you’ve been approved to receive social security disability benefits, you may wonder how long you can expect to receive them. In many cases, you will receive your benefits until you reach your reach retirement age, if you remain disabled.  However, sometimes the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) will review a claim to determine if the person is still disabled.  This is called a “continuing disability review.”  Disability reviews are relatively rare, but if a person returns to work, or stops getting medical treatment, SSA can review the file.

Many reviews result in continued disability, but if SSA concludes that a person is no longer disabled, SSA will issue a cessation notice.  If a person receives such a notice, the person has 60 days to appeal.  Additionally, there are special rules that allow a person to continue to receive benefits if denied in a disability review, but the person must notify SSA within 10 days that they person wants the benefits to continue.  If the person chooses to continue the benefits, they are available to be paid up until the person has hearing before an ALJ.  If the person is found not disabled, the person will then have to refund the benefits paid back to the date of the cessation notice.

If you are receiving disability benefits, and return to work, you are allowed a trial work period of nine months in which you can continue to receive disability benefits.  In order to understand the parameters of these rules, check with your local Social Security Administration or read more details in the article written by Eric Buchanan, found in the articles section of our website at

If you are found disabled, and are like most people, your benefits will continue until your normal retirement age, unless you get better and go back to work.  Once you reach normal retirement age, your social security disability benefits stop and your social security retirement benefits begin. You can expect retirement payments to continue throughout your lifetime, although if you begin working after your normal retirement age and before age 70, your benefits can be subject to additional taxes. or contact the disability expert attorneys at Eric Buchanan & Associates who specialize in Social Security Disability benefits.

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