Request to Restart Social Security Disability Benefits

Once you have received Social Security benefits you may not need to apply again if you stopped receiving payments for a period of time. For instance, if you received Social Security disability benefits at one time and after a while you recovered enough to return to work, and your payments were discontinued, you will not need to apply for benefits again if your disability returns. Instead, you may request to restart your Social Security disability benefits. However, there are a few conditions that must apply to your situation.

• You must not be able to work due to your disability.
• Your disability must the same disability or related to the disability you had when you first applied and then received Social Security disability benefits.
• You must file a claim to restart your Social Security disability benefits within 60 months (5 years) of the time you were last entitled to disability benefits.

If you have questions about requesting to restart your Social Security disability benefits, contact a Social Security disability lawyer who specializes in Social Security law.

Example:
Joe began receiving Social Security disability benefits 3 years ago due to a serious neck injury. Joe missed a total of 14 months of work. After 14 months, Joe returned to work full time and after his trial work period, he no longer needed or received disability benefits. Recently, Joe’s neck injury reoccurred and he is unable to work again. Joe does not have to go through the whole Social Security disability application process again because it is the same injury and it is within 60 months (5 years) of the last time Joe was entitled to disability benefits. Joe does not have to file a whole new application for Social Security disability as long as his disability prevents Joe from being able to work. Additionally, Joe’s disability has to be the same disability as he had before or related to the disability he had before. He must also file a request to start receiving benefits again with 60 months (5 years) since he was last entitled to disability benefits. Joe may contact a Social Security disability lawyer, who specializes in Social Security law, for assistance in filing a request to start receiving Social Security disability benefits again.

If you have a question about social security law or want to file a social security claim in California, contact the Law Office of Louis J. Vigorita now.