The Social Security Administration periodically reviews the case of Social Security disability recipients to determine whether they are still unable to work and therefore still considered disabled. This process is called a “continuing disability review,” or CDR.
The frequency of SSD recipient’s continuing disability reviews will depend on the severity of recipients disability and the likelihood that their condition will improve (and sometimes age).
Social Security conducts a disability review of SSD case approximately every three years depending on the nature and severity of your medical condition and whether it’s expected to improve. If we don’t expect improvement, we’ll review the case every seven years.
When we conduct a disability review, if we find that the medical condition hasn’t improved and is still preventing him/her from working, he/she will continue to receive benefits. The benefits only stop if the evidence shows the medical condition has improved and are able to work regularly.
If one disagrees with our decision, one can appeal and ask us to look at the case again. When we notify of our decision, we will explain how to appeal that decision.