Will my Social Security Disability claim be reviewed again after I am approved for benefits?
Learn how often the Social Security Administration may review your Social Security disability claim after you are approved for disability benefits.
When Your Claim May Be Reviewed for Continuing Disability
The Social Security Administration may review your Social Security Disability claim after you have received benefits for a while. The purpose of the review is to determine whether you are still disabled and eligible for benefits.
At the time your claim is approved, the claims examiner will project the likelihood of your recovering from your disability. If you are expected to have medical improvement, then your claim will normally be reviewed within six to eighteen months after your benefits start. If improvement is considered possible, but not necessarily expected, then your claim will usually be reviewed after three years. Finally, if you are not expected to have significant improvement then your claim would not be routinely reviewed any sooner than seven years from when benefits started. Your disability could also be reviewed outside of a scheduled review if there was an indication that you had recovered from your disability.
Notification of Continuing Disability Review (CDR)
Usually your award letter will state when your claim will be reviewed medically. When the time comes for a CDR, the Social Security Administration will notify you and will send you a questionnaire to complete about your current medical condition and any work or school since the last review. Accordingly, it is important to keep Social Security notified of your mailing address even if you are receiving benefits by direct deposit to a bank account or DirectExpress card. (Of course, if you receive Supplemental Security Income [SSI] all changes of residence must be reported by the tenth of the month following the month of the move). For more information about reviews of your approved Social Security Disability claim, see our articles How Can I Prepare for a Continuing Disability Review of My Social Security Disability Claim? and Do I Have to Keep Going to the Doctor After I Am Approved for Disability in Order to Continue Getting Social Security Disability Payments?