What is a periodic continuing disability review?

On Behalf of | Nov 22, 2018 | Social Security Disability Insurance

Getting disability benefits from the Social Security Administration can be a huge step for a New York resident towards securing a more stable financial future for themselves. Disability benefits require individuals to suffer from ailments that prevent them from undertaking substantial gainful activity and that are expected to last for at least a year. It would seem based on the requirements that they must initially meet, then, that the review process for disability benefits is very strict.

A disabled New Yorker may feel as though, however, once they are approved for benefits that they are done working with the Social Security Administration. This is not the case. Individuals who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are required to submit to periodic continuing disability reviews (CDR) in the years following their benefits’ approvals.

A periodic CDR is a check that ensures disability benefits’ recipients are still disabled and still in need of the support they receive. If a person is found to have recovered from their disability then they may see their disability benefits terminated. It is therefore important that individuals take their periodic CDR seriously and prepare evidence if necessary to prove that they are still in need of their SSDI benefits.

Periodic CDR happen at regular intervals and an SSDI recipient may not have to submit to one for several years. However, when they learn that a periodic CDR is coming it up can help a disability benefits recipient to speak with their attorney about what to do. Failing to prepare for a periodic CDR may leave a disabled individual without the benefits they need to survive.