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You're not guaranteed disability benefits in the long term

If you receive disability payments, then you're probably well aware that disability benefits are not guaranteed forever. One of the most common reasons that benefits can be stopped is when the Social Security Administration (SSA) decides that you no longer have a disabling condition that prevents you from working. You may wonder how they decide if you can.

At different intervals, the SSA may audit your file.

They may ask to receive updated medical records from physicians that you've seen and from Tennessee hospitals where you've been treated to see if your medical condition continues to limit your ability to work as it once did.

If you've undergone recent medical tests or received new treatments, then the reviewer will want to want to know this as well. They'll be looking to see if you're following your doctor's orders and what impact that's having on your condition. If they find that testing that you've undergone hasn't been as conclusive as they might expect, then the SSA will schedule you for additional tests at their expense.

The reviewer will take into account whether your condition has improved since the last review of your file as well as whether you have any new ailments.

If nothing new has surfaced and it appears that your original qualifying conditioning has gotten better, then your reviewer will next determine if you're well enough to return to work. They'll make a determination if you can return to your prior role or if there's something else that you can do. If they deem that you could return to work, then your disability benefits may be halted.

One of the reasons that the SSA is so particular about regularly reviewing a disability recipient's record to see if they should continue receiving their monthly stipend is because Social Security Disability benefits can make a real difference for many. They want to ensure that these funds get in the hands of those in Knoxville who need it most.

Individuals who have serious impairments should let an experienced Social Security Disability attorney review their case to see whether they qualify for benefits.

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