May 2024

What Happens to My SSDI Benefits if My Medical Condition Improves

If you receive disability benefits through Social Security and your disabling medical condition improves, and you are able to return to work and perform substantial gainful activity, your SSDI benefits will likely be discontinued. Under the Social Security Administration guidelines, SSDI benefits are subject to reporting requirements and disability reviews that show changes in a recipient’s medical condition or personal circumstances. If you receive SSDI benefits, your benefits can be suspended or terminated if you fail to report improvements in your medical condition.

Can Partial Disabilities Qualify for SSDI Benefits?

SSDI benefits are paid only for total disabilities, not partial disabilities. To qualify for SSDI benefits, individuals must have a physical or mental impairment that prevents them from engaging in substantial gainful activity and is expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death. Partial disabilities that do not meet these criteria may not qualify for SSDI benefits.