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Definition of Continuing Disability Review

The Social Security Administration (SSA) will perform a review of a claimant's disability case generally every 3 to 5 years (exceptions exist for conditions which are not expected to improve). This review is called a continuing disability review (CDR) and is a periodic review to ensure the claimant remains disabled, is unable to work, and qualifies for continuing disability benefits.

During the continuing disability review the claimant does have rights. For instance, claimants must be notified that the SSA is going to conduct a continuing disability review, they must provide information to the claimant about the medical improvement standard, they must allow the claimant to provide medical information to support their continued claim of disability, they must notify the claimant in writing if their benefits are going to be terminated and they must provide information about challenging the termination of benefits.

Claimants may lose their disability benefits after a continuing disability review if the SSA determines they have the ability to return to work. If you have had your benefits terminated due to a continuing disability review you can talk to a disability lawyer for more information about challenging the termination.

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