Making the Transition: When Disability Benefits Turn to Retirement Benefits

Individuals who qualify for Social Security disability benefits may be confused and concerned about what will happen to their benefits when they reach retirement age.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), retirement age depends on the year of your birth. If you were born before 1938, it is 65 years old. For those born in or after 1938, the age is higher on a sliding scale. The highest retirement age is 67, for those born in 1967 or later. When you reach retirement age, your disability benefits convert automatically into retirement benefits. You should see no change, and the benefit amount should remain the same for the rest of your life. In addition, the SSA will stop conducting the required periodic disability medical reviews.

You may still file an application for disability benefits until you reach the SSA designated retirement age. Filing for benefits and understanding the correlation with retirement funds are complex processes. Your best bet at receiving full benefits is to make the strongest case for yourself from the beginning. Contact a Tulsa Social Security disability lawyer today to help you. You may also contact us at (918) 587-0050, and we do not charge for consultations.



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