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Reasons for Social Security Disability Termination

Published on December 26th, 2022

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Many Americans rely on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). For individuals with disabling conditions, SSDI is vital to their health and quality of life. Applying successfully for disability benefits takes a lot of work and time, but once achieved, most claimants are able to comfortably rely on their benefits for many years. However, while it doesn’t happen often, there are times when disability benefits will be terminated.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is responsible for approving and denying SSDI coverage to claimants, and they are also responsible for terminating benefits when the rules indicate it is appropriate. Termination of disability benefits is also known as cessation of benefits.

Why Would Social Security Disability Benefits be Suspended by the SSA?

The following are some examples of the most common reasons a beneficiary may stop receiving SSDI:

  • The beneficiary has returned to work or school full time.
  • The beneficiary works part-time and earns over $1,470 (SGA for 2023) a month in gross pay. (This limit is higher for blind individuals)
  • The beneficiary’s disabling medical condition has improved.
  • The beneficiary reaches retirement age.
  • The beneficiary becomes incarcerated or, in some cases, commits a felony.

Does Inheritance Affect Social Security Disability?

No, receiving an inheritance will not affect your SSDI payments. This is because inheritance money is not considered part of your earned income. Only individuals who worked prior to becoming disabled are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance.

Contact The Crosby Law Firm Today

If you or a family member is struggling to make ends meet due to a disability and fear your benefits could be taken away from you, or your disability benefits have been unfairly suspended, you need a qualified SSDI attorney on your side.

Contact the team at The Crosby Law Firm today and speak with one of our Social Security attorneys in Rockford, IL to find out how we can help protect your rights.

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