Actions to Take During a Social Security Continuing Disability Review
April 11th, 2014|
Once an individual receives a Social Security Disability Approval, they will continue to receive benefits until the Social Security Administration (SSA) deems them no longer disabled. But information is coming to light that the SSA has become extremely deficient in conducting continuing disability reviews (CDRs), leading to a backlog of roughly 1.3 million cases that need to be reviewed.
Estimates from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) show that between the years 2000 and 2011, the number of CDRs conducted by the SSA fell by approximately 70 percent. This failure to follow up on claims has led to more than 24,000 cases of children with impairments failing to be reevaluated for more than six-years. According to Insurance News Net, most of those children suffered from conditions expected to improve within 6 to 18 months of receiving a benefit approval.
The GAO is now calling on the SSA to improve CDR numbers, leaving some wondering what they should do when their cases come up for review. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that supplying the SSA with all the necessary documents to verify your case and condition will be vital. They add that it may be a good idea to speak with an attorney as well to ensure your legal rights are protected throughout the review process.