All disability cases are subjected to regular reviews by the Social Security Administration. These review periods vary depending on the particular condition. If the member’s condition is expected to improve, he or she will be up for review in 6 to 30 months. If there is a chance that the condition will improve, a review will be done in 3 years. If the condition is deemed permanent, a review will be done in 5 to 7 years. When the time for the review comes, the case will be forwarded to the Disability Determination Services department in order to determine the member’s continued eligibility for Social Security benefits. A number of questions will be asked regarding the original condition, any changes that have occurred, any treatment that has recently been undertaken, and the work status of the member since the Social Security benefits were given. At this point, a medical examiner will determine whether or not the condition has improved. If it is determined that the member is able to return to work, the Social Security benefits will stop.
If you feel that you are still disabled at this point, you may appeal the decision with the social security administration office. You may then be asked to attend a hearing, upon which time a reconsideration decision will be made. If you are found to be ineligible for further Social Security benefits, you have the option of filing for an appeal with an administrative law judge, take your case to an Appeals Council, or file a lawsuit in the federal district court. Can I receive any benefits for caring for my spouse who is disabled? While the SSA does not pay caregivers of disabled spouses directly, they may be able to receive benefits of their own. These benefits will be given every month and can be up to 50 percent of the disability benefits of your spouse. Keep in mind that there is a limit to the total amount of social security benefits that can be given to a family based on your spouse’s Social Security account. If the VA finds that I am disabled, should I expect to SSA to find me disabled as well? One of the main differences between the SSA system and the VA system is that the SSA does not place percentage levels on disability. This means that while the VA system can find an applicant only partially disabled and therefore be eligible for benefits the SSA may determine that no disability exists.