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What should I know about a Social Security disability review?

For Colorado residents who are ill, injured or suffer from a condition that leaves them unable to work, Social Security disability is available to provide various benefits to help them. Once the person is found to be disabled and they get benefits, it is important to remember that the Social Security Administration will, at certain intervals, review the medical condition to determine if the person should continue getting benefits. Understanding the factors that are considered when there is a review and how it affects the person is key.

When the SSA reviews a case, any medical professional who provided care to the person will be contacted for the SSA to gather information regarding the condition, whether it has improved or not and what the medical tests say. In some cases, more information is needed, so the person will be asked to have a special examination - the SSA will pay for this. The facts of the case are examined by comparing the previous situation to the current one. If the medical condition has improved, it will then be assessed whether the condition has improved enough so the person can get back to work. The kind of work the person can do is also important. For example, if the person did a certain type of job in the past and there were necessary abilities to do it, their current abilities could impact the kind of work the person can do now.

Once the decision is made that the person can work, the benefits will cease. Other reasons for which the benefits can stop include: vocational training or improved medical treatment has made it possible for the person to work; there was an error in approving the benefits in the past; the treatment that the medical professionals ordered was not followed and there was not a justified reason for it; there was false or misleading information when seeking benefits; there is a lack of cooperation; or the person is working and earning more that would be considered substantial gainful activity. It is possible to appeal a decision if the benefits stop.

When there is a review and the benefits stop or there is any other issue related to the benefits, having legal assistance is a must. This is also true at any time a person is seeking Social Security disability benefits. A law firm that specializes in helping those who need Social Security disability can be of assistance at any juncture of a claim and should be contacted as soon as possible.

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