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What is Continuing Disability Review?

What is Continuing Disability Review?

What is Continuing Disability Review?

When it comes to Social Security disability, your medical impairment is reviewed periodically in order to determine if you have a disabling condition. If the Social Security office comes to the conclusion that you are no longer disabled or blind, your benefits will come to a halt. This is referred to as a continuing disability review, also known as a CDR. By law, the Social Security Administration is required to perform a medical CDR at least once every three years. A CDR could be performed sooner if it is determined by the SSA that you are suffering from a medical condition that could improve sooner. However, if you suffer from a condition that is not expected to improve your case will still be reviewed once every seven years.

What Happens during a Continuing Disability Review?

During a Continuing Disability Review, the Social Security Administration will review many items including: your income, resources and living arrangements. They do this to ensure that you are still meeting the non-medical program requirements. This type of periodic review is referred to as a redetermination.

Continuing Disability Reviews for Children

When it comes to children, the Social Security Administration conducts a CDR at least once every three years if they believe the condition might improve. However, a CDR can be conducted even if they do not expect the child’s condition to improve as well.

The Social Security Administration will typically initiate a CDR by the time a child is one if they believe he or she was disabled due to a low birth weight. If they decide that medical improvement is unlikely to occur by age one, then they will conduct a CDR after he or she turns one.

The child’s representative payee will be asked to provide evidence that the child is, and has been, receiving the necessary treatment they need for the medical condition. A representative payee is a person, agency, organization or institution that has been selected by the Social Security Administration to manage an individual’s benefits if it has been determined by the SSA you are unable to do so yourself or are unable to direct someone else to do it for you.

If the assigned representative payee for the child refuses to provide the evidence the SSA needs without having a good cause, a new one can be appointed. The Social Security Administration can also choose to pay the child directly if they are old enough to receive their own benefits.

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Dealing with disability benefits can be a complex matter. Mestayer Law Firm provides civil litigation for clients throughout the Gulf Coast area including Pascagoula, Biloxi and Gulfport. If you are making future plans for your estate, then contact us today and let us help take care of every detail of your finances. Call us today at 228-762-1193 or visit We are your legal experts! You can also visit our office located at 2128 Ingalls Ave. in Pascagoula, Mississippi. We look forward to talking with you!

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