Why was My Case Chosen to Undergo a Continuing Disability Review?

A Continuing Disability Review, or CDR, is a periodic review of an approved claim by the Social Security Administration. During the CDR, your medical records will be reviewed to determine if your conditions are have improved. If the review show your conditions have improved enough for you to return to gainful employment, your disability benefits will end immediately.

The timing of the review is based on the medical evidence in your case. There may be medical documentation of a future surgery. If Social Security believes that your condition can positively benefit from the surgery, then a review of your case would be required. How often the review takes place is dependent on your age in condition. Younger disabled claimants are often subject to a review earlier more frequently than older claimants. The review can takes place from six to eighteen months after the approval of disability benefits. However, in most cases the review period is three years. Claimants over age 55 are more likely to receive a review in seven years, as medical improvement in their conditions are not expected.

If Social Security has determined your condition(s) have improved, they must determine if the improvements are enough for gainful employment in the national economy. You will have the opportunity to appeal this decision within 60 days. A hearing officer would handle the CDR appeal. If the hearing officer find that your conditions have medically improved, you will only have ten days from the denial to ask for the continuation of benefits until your appeal is heard and decided by a judge.


Please contact one of our attorneys at Hoglund, Chwialkowski, Mrozik, PLLC. to find out more. Call us today at 855.513.4357.


By Shana Knotts

Written by Jennifer Mrozik

Jennifer is a partner in the firm and practices exclusively in the area of Social Security disability law. She continues to lead efforts to find solutions for clients in the sometimes difficult Social Security claims process.

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