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How long can you receive Social Security disability benefits?

On Behalf of | Feb 17, 2016 | Social Security Disability Benefits

Many people in Los Angeles suffer from disabilities that will never improve. They face a complete inability to work, and as a result they are left with no other option than to apply for Social Security disability benefits as a source of financial assistance. But, there are others who may have a significant disability, but one that may have a chance of improving over time, perhaps with more advanced medical treatment or months and years of physical rehabilitation. What happens when these individuals begin to realize that their disability isn’t holding them back like it used to? Do they continue to receive SSD benefits forever?

For most people who may find themselves in this type of situation, the continuance of their SSD benefits may depend on periodic reviews by the Social Security Administration. As part of the requirements for receiving SSD benefits, recipients will need to continue to submit documentation of their disability from time to time to demonstrate that they are in fact still unable to work due to the disability.

The individuals who are found to have a disabling condition that is actually improving, there is a chance that the day will come when they will no longer be able to receive SSD benefits because the SSA makes a determination that the person should be able to return to the workforce. In fact, in many cases it is the goal of those who receive SSD benefits to return to the workforce as soon as they are able.

But, there will still be those Los Angeles residents who have a disability that will keep them from the workforce for the foreseeable future. For these individuals, their SSD benefits will be automatically converted to retirement benefits when they reach full retirement age.

Source:, “Social Security Questions & Answers,” Feb. 5, 2016

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