In this video I’m going to talk with you about Social Security Disability Law and how long it will take to receive your benefits once you are approved.

You’re getting ready to file for social security disability benefits but you’re finding the whole system a little bit confusing, and you’re wondering just how long you’ll be able to get your benefits for.

My name is Mike Sullivan, a lawyer and all I practice are disability related claims. I understand the confusion you’re feeling right now. I’ve helped many people who were having trouble getting their SSDI and SSI benefits, and I’d be proud to help you too.

You may not know that once you get your disability benefits, you may not be able to get them indefinitely. If your medical condition changes or improves, this may affect the continuance of your benefit payments. A few years ago, the Agency approved several million dollars for continuing disability investigations.

The point of these investigations was to determine if disability recipients remain disabled under the law. Yes, this type of activity could terminate your benefits. It is very important that you pay attention to the SSA mail about this topic. In a re-investigation case, the burden is on the SSA this time­ they need to demonstrate you have experienced medical improvement, and that the improvement is relevant to your ability to return to work … These cases can get complex, and in my experience, they can be harder than the initial award of benefits.

For example, cancers can be life changing. If you have been a victim of cancer, ­once chemo and radiation end, in a few weeks, the harsh side effects from the treatment subside. The SSA may ignore the long term effects, and somehow conclude that since you’re not throwing up every day, you can now work.

The way to approach this case is not the same as when you first applied. That is why an experienced attorney can be vital to your ongoing success and continuation of benefits. You have to know the real burden of proof here, and tailor your medical development. There is also the potential for an overpayment of benefits in these cases.

Also, the appellate window in these cases is slightly different. The SSA notice will explain your rights to appeal any adverse decision terminating your benefits. However, in these cases, you have to act very fast to keep your benefits continued during any appeal. Typically it is the usual 60 days to appeal, but you must file an appeal within 10 days if you want to keep benefits continued while the appeal is kicking around. The point is to stay on top of all SSA paperwork, read any SSA mail IMMEDIATELY, and to be aware of what you need to do to preserve the benefits you deserve.

Again, understand the risks, stay on top if this, and act fast if the SSA sends a any notice of termination or re-investigation. Sometimes the SSA makes decisions that aren’t always in your favor, and you may need a licensed attorney who focuses on disability benefits on your side who can help guide you through this complicated system, and make sure you continue to get the benefits you need.

Whether you’re filing or appealing your claim, having a licensed Attorney by your side you help you navigate this extremely confusing system, can take the pressure off of you, and could affect the outcome of your claim dramatically.

Whether you’re filing or appealing your claim, having a licensed Attorney by your side you help you navigate this extremely confusing system, can take the pressure off of you, and could affect the outcome of your claim dramatically. Call me when you need help.
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