Sometimes, if you make enough money per month, you can lose your SSDI benefits even while your disabling condition persists. If you have been surviving without benefits and find yourself on hard times again, you might be struggling to find a way to get back your assistance. Fortunately, things might be a little easier than expected, especially with a good social security disability claims lawyer.
You Don't Have To Apply Again
If you previously received social security disability benefits and you stopped receiving payments because your income was too high, you may qualify for an expedited reinstatement process when you reapply for benefits. In order to qualify for quick reinstatement and skip the full application process, you need to meet several criteria:
- You must have qualified for SSDI benefits in the past, and your last benefits payment must be within the last five years.
- Your disability must be the same as the one for which you qualified, or it must be a related or advanced form of the same condition.
- You now earn less than $1,090 per month, or $1,820 if you are blind. This number may be higher if you have dependents or your spouse is also disabled.
If you meet these criteria, it's a good idea to talk to your disability lawyer about applying for reinstatement as an SSDI benefits recipient.
You Can Get Support Before You're Re-approved
Even with the quick reinstatement period, people with disabilities can be at risk if they have no income while they wait for a case review. In some cases, the expedited process can still take up to 6 months due to errors, delays, or other problems. Fortunately, you won't be left to twist in the wind if this is the case.
During the review period for your case, you will receive the same benefits you used to get for up to 6 months. You will also be covered by Medicare should you need any medical help or attention during your wait. Best of all, even if your reinstatement case is denied, you won't be required to pay back any of the benefits money you received during your waiting period. However, your Medicare coverage will end if your case is not approved.
Don't lose hope if you've lost your benefits. As long as you can demonstrate your income is low enough, your lawyer and the US government will work with you to get you the support you need. No one deserves to live in poverty just because they're disabled, so give your legal counsel a call and start the reinstatement process today.