Why Would I Stop Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits?

When You Would Stop Reveiving Benefits

As a whole, most people who are given Social Security Disability benefits can continue to receive them for years or even for a lifetime. However, there are several scenarios in which benefits may be stopped.

What Is Social Security Disability?

Eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is based on an individual having paid enough in Social Security taxes to be eligible for benefits. This usually happens when an individual earns a paycheck that has Social Security taxes removed. An individual who has not worked long enough may not have paid enough into the system to receive SSDI benefits. No matter how bad the disability is, these individuals will be ineligible to receive SSDI benefits.

When Do Social Security Disability Benefits Stop?

In cases where an individual does receive SSDI benefits, there are several reasons why they might be stopped. These include but are not limited to:

  • Medical improvement – If your illness, disability or medical condition is successfully treated and you regain the ability to work at a significant level, your Social Security Disability Insurance benefits may be stopped. For example, if you have a type of cancer that goes into remission, you may be capable of returning to work.
  • Medical treatment not followed – When an individual is given Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, it is often under the condition that they continue treatment with their doctors, healthcare facility, rehab, etc. Individuals who refuse or discontinue treatment that would improve their health condition and make them able to return to work, they may stop receiving benefits.
  • Retirement age – When an individual reaches their full retirement age (usually 65 or older), they can begin collecting Social Security retirement benefits. Since individuals may not collect both, the disability benefits will stop when the retirement benefits begin. Typically, the benefit amount received remains the same.
  • Felony conviction – If you’re receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and are convicted of a felony, your benefits may be discontinued. Misdemeanors do not affect benefits.
  • Incarceration – If you’re incarcerated for any reason, disability benefits will be stopped at least for the duration of incarceration. Those who are convicted of serious crimes may see their benefits stop permanently, even when they get out of jail.
  • Return to work – This is often the most common reason benefits are stopped. Although it’s possible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and hold a job, certain conditions must be met. In 2014, for example, those individuals who earned more than $770 in monthly income over several months may have have their benefits stopped. This is called a “trial work period” and there are additional rules associated with it.
Ritacco Disability Law

If you or someone you know is receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits that have been stopped, contact the office of Lisa M. Ritacco for a free consultation.