Can Social Security Stop My Disability?

Social Security Disability benefits are a huge relief. The peace of mind that you can pay bills when you can’t work is priceless.

So could those benefits go away?

The short answer is it’s possible.

For the most part, Social Security Disability benefits are permanent—you continue to get them as long as you have a qualifying disability and you haven’t switched to retirement benefits.

But changes in your situation can cause Social Security to review your claim and stop sending you monthly checks.

What should you do when you believe Social Security stopped your benefits for the wrong reasons? The skilled disability lawyers at Levine Benjamin Law Firm can help you appeal Social Security’s decision and win back that financial lifeline.

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When Can Social Security Stop Your Disability Benefits?

It’s rare for Social Security to disrupt benefits, but it happens. The most common reasons are your health has improved or you went back to work.

You do have to keep Social Security updated on any changes in your health or your living or working situation while you’re receiving benefits.

It’s best to stay on top of your medical records, continually notify Social Security about your impairment, and continue to follow your doctor’s advice.

Here are major reasons your benefits may be disrupted:

You reach retirement age: Once you reach retirement age—usually between 65 and 67, depending on your date of birth—Social Security automatically switches you to the retirement benefits you earned for your years on the job. You can’t receive both disability and retirement benefits for the same work period when you paid into Social Security.

Your health improved: If your health has improved to the point you can work again, Social Security will stop your monthly checks. This only happens after a review of your medical records and situation.

You went back to work: Social Security allows you to work a little while collecting benefits. But if you start earning more than the limit allowed—what the government considers “substantial”—you can lose your eligibility. In 2024, that average limit was set at $1,550 a month.

A Continuing Disability Review determines you are ineligible: A disruption in your benefits can follow a periodic check of your case known as a Continuing Disability Review (CDR). These can be more frequent if your impairment is expected to improve. Social Security will dive into your medical history and your living conditions to determine if you’re still eligible for benefits.

You can also lose benefits if someone tells Social Security that you shouldn’t be receiving them, resulting in a check by Social Security, or if new medical treatments are found for your condition.

If you’re worried about what might happen to your Social Security Disability benefits, don’t hesitate to contact the disability attorneys at Levine Benjamin Law Firm. You can get a free, initial consultation about your situation and next steps.

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What Can I Do If I’m Losing My Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you still need benefits because health issues continue to make it impossible for you to work, but Social Security decides you’re no longer eligible, it’s not the end of the road.

You can always appeal their decision. You’ll need to put together a solid argument to fight a disruption of your benefits.

Carefully read the stop benefits letter Social Security sent. Comb through your medical records and any reports on your income while receiving disability benefits.

A disability lawyer can help relieve some of this burden. They can help gather the information you need to appeal and put together the strongest case to win back the benefits you’re entitled to receive—benefits that let you live a calmer, healthier life.

The Michigan disability lawyers at Levine Benjamin can help you maximize your chances of keeping or winning back benefits for as long as you need them.

We know how to work with Social Security. We’ve been helping people in Detroit, Flint, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Toledo and all over Michigan and Ohio since 1964.

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