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Continuing Disability Review

So you have been awarded disability and you have started receiving SSDI or SSI benefits, are you done with the Social Security Administration (SSA)? Not necessarily. SSDI and SSI claimants are required to be reviewed by the SSA every three years, however if you have a permanent impairment such as an amputation you may not be required to attend these reviews. If you have a less serious disability such as a severe break or fracture you may be required to a review of your condition much sooner than three years. These meetings every three years or in some cases even sooner are cleverly called “continuing disability reviews” or more commonly referred to as CDRs. Claimants are generally panicked to discover they are going to have to go before another board just to continue their benefits. You were probably denied several times before you hired an attorney, you finally hired an attorney and subsequently awarded benefits and now you have to be reviewed every three years. I bet you are thinking that it took a long time to receive these benefits and now they are just going to be taken away and you are going to have to go through the whole process again. Well I have good news, the vast majority of CDRs find the claimant disabled and benefits will continue. If you are one of the slim few that actually does find themselves no longer disabled at your CDR, you benefits will continue in most cases for two more months after you were sent the notice of cessation. The worst thing you can do is nothing. You must respond to the notice and you must do so quickly. The SSA requires quick turnaround on the cessation notice they send. You must let the SSA know quickly of your intentions to get a reconsideration hearing. If you do find yourself in this situation do not delay in contacting the social security disability attorney you retained to receive your SSDI and SSI benefits and make them aware of the situation you are facing.