Many disabled residents of California are under the impression that, once the U.S. Social Security Administration approves them for Social Security Disability Insurance, they will receive these benefits for the remainder of their lives. This is not, however, always accurate, and there are several different circumstances that can cause you to become ineligible for this type of assistance.

Per the Motley Fool, your ability to obtain SSDI benefits in the first place depends on your work history and the severity of your disability. If you meet all eligibility requirements and the administration agrees to start giving you benefits, you need to recognize the types of circumstances that could potentially make you ineligible.

Having your condition improve is one such example of a way you can become ineligible for SSDI benefits. Because these benefits help only those with the most serious disabilities, having your condition improve can jeopardize your ability to continue to receive benefits. Thus, if, for any reason, your condition no longer adheres to the administration’s definition of “disability,” you may no longer be able to obtain SSDI benefits.

Because you cannot receive retirement benefits and SSDI benefits at the same time, reaching retirement age also jeopardizes your ability to retain SSDI benefits. Returning to work, too, can potentially make you ineligible for benefits. You may be able to take part in a Trial Work Period while trying to determine whether you can return to work, and you may be able to continue to get SSDI benefits during this temporary period. If you do ultimately return to work, though, doing so can impact your ability to continue to utilize benefits.

This copy about how you can potentially lose access to SSDI benefits is informational in nature and not legal advice.