We have discussed previously how the Social Security Administration (SSA) creates pathways for recipients of disability benefits to return to work if they are able. Unfortunately, many people who receive benefits suffer from permanent disabilities that prevent them from working. The majority of people stay on disability benefits until they retire.
A study from George Mason University outlined the reasons for termination of benefits from the SSA, whether on the part of the recipient or the SSA. The study centered on 2011 data that showed 653,877 terminations of benefits. Approximately 52 percent of people receive benefits until they reach retirement age, at which point those benefits become retirement benefits, classified differently from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The second most common reason for termination is in the case of the recipient’s death, or the death of the spouse receiving benefits in the recipient’s place.
The remaining reasons for termination, according to the study, are much less common. Six percent of beneficiaries return to full-time work and are therefore ineligible for benefits. Four percent saw enough medical improvement to not qualify as fully disabled. Two percent of terminations were due to other reasons.
If you have questions about applying for or keeping your disability benefits, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney for more information. We offer free consultations and you may reach us by phone at (918) 587-0050.