Chronic Respiratory issues and continuing disability review
Recently on our disability forum a user asked, I received notification that the Social Security Administration is conducting a Continuing Disability Review (CDR) for my Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) case. I have severe chronic respiratory issues. I have difficulty breathing without an oxygen tank. There is no way I can return to work. I am scared. Will I lose my benefits?
Regardless of whether you have chronic respiratory issues or any other condition the SSA is required to periodically conduct a Continuing Disability Review for all SSDI cases. The good news is that this a standard requirement, and they have not singled out your case for review. The bad news is you will have to make sure you have sufficient evidence to prove you remain disabled and unable to work.
Continuing Disability Review for severe chronic respiratory issues
The Social Security Administration will perform a CDR generally every 3 or 7 years. The period of time between CDRs is determined the SSA. There are, however, certain actions that SSDI recipients may take which could also trigger a CDR review.
For example, if you decide you can return to work, if you notify the SSA that your severe chronic respiratory issues have improved, if the SSA has medical evidence that your severe chronic respiratory issues have improved, if the medical community discovers a new treatment option for your severe chronic respiratory issues, or the SSA is notified by another person that you are not disabled, they may conduct an unscheduled CDR.
If the SSA has scheduled a CDR they will notify you by mail. If your severe chronic respiratory issues are not expected to improve, you will generally be sent a short review form; other claimants are sent a much longer form which asks more questions and can initiate further medical investigation by the SSA.
Keep in mind, however, even if you are sent the short form and the SSA does not expect for your condition to improve, you could answer certain questions in such a way that could trigger a more comprehensive review by the SSA.
Do I submit my own medical evidence for my severe chronic respiratory issues?
Assuming the SSA decides to do a more comprehensive review of your condition, they will request medical information from your doctors to verify the severity of your severe chronic respiratory issues, a process which is similar to what they did when you first applied for SSDI benefits.
If you have copies of your recent medical records and would like to help or expedite the process, you can contact the SSA and find out if they need your records.
When will I lose my benefits after a CDR for my severe chronic respiratory issues?
If the SSA determines your severe chronic respiratory issues have not medically improved, you will not lose your benefits. If the SSA determines your severe chronic respiratory issues have improved, they will evaluate whether this improvement allows you the ability to return to work. If not, then you will not lose your benefits.
The CDR is not something you necessarily need to worry about, but if your condition has improved and you now have the ability to return to work, you could lose your SSDI benefits.
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