Understanding when Social Security disability can end for adults

Missourians who have an injury or medical condition that prevents them from working will likely want to seek Social Security disability benefits. For those who are seeking benefits because of an inability to work, it is not a simple matter of being approved for benefits and keeping them forever. The idea of disability benefits is to assist those who need it, so they can go through rehabilitation, therapy and other treatments. It is hoped that if these steps are taken, eventually the recipient will no longer need these benefits. In some cases, there is a dispute as to whether the benefits should continue or not. Therefore, it is important to known when disability ends.

For adults who are getting disability benefits, these benefits will stop in the following circumstances: if the person’s impairment has shown enough improvement to allow the person to get back to work; if the impairment no longer meets or equals a listing on the Listing of Impairments; and the person is not disabled.

The benefits can also stop in the following circumstances: if there is an exception to medical improvement and the impairment is assessed with the person’s age, work experience and education and will not stop the person from performing substantial gainful activity (SGA); the person takes part in trial-work provisions and shows that he or she is able to do SGA; the person is uncooperative with the Social Security Administration; the person cannot be located; or there is a failure to adhere to the prescribed treatment.

Of course, there are situations where the SSA tries to say that a person no longer meets the benefits’ requirements for SSD when the person disagrees and still cannot work. If a person finds themselves in this situation, they will want to seek the advice they need to determine how to proceed as they seek to retain their benefits.

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