Originally Posted by fred11
"If SS's Doc is disagreeing with your brother's Doc, then they should have notified you of such." Why would they notify me?
I'm sorry if I wasn't clear....I didn't mean they should contact you, but they should have contacted the person of record, or your brother. It was a typo on my part.
Anyway, I dont speak to him that often, and dont really know the details.
Without the details, I really can't offer much specific to his case. But, I can provide some general information that may help.
Have you ever heard of someone being taken off of disability? He was getting his check every month just like everyone else.
Yes, people come off disability. One of the following can occur:
(1) A Doctor "releases" the person back to work. When on disability, whether it be a private policy or SS, an update is typically required every so often. Initially, the updates are more often, and as time goes on, the require less frequent updates. Docs are usually sent a 1-2 page update and they must certify that the person is still disabled. If a Doc checks the box indicating the person can return to work, disability usually ends almost immediately.
(2) A person makes too much money....Their income is above the minimum SS permits and thus, is considered "substantial." The amount changes each year based on cost of living adjustments, but in 2008, the amount was $940 per month. Even if a Doc has certified that a person is disabled, if they are working and making a "substantial" amount, then disability ends.
(3) A complaint or some type of claim is made against the person as being fraudulent. For example, a neighbor or someone calls SS (or the insurance company) and says you aren't disabled....They will do an investigation, maybe even require you to see an independent Doctor...That type of thing. For example, say a person claims they are disabled for a bad back, yet they are regularly seen chopping wood, laying concrete, or something outrageously physical. It takes more than one time and one witness. If something like this is suspected, SS (or the insurance company) would do a full investigation. These type of cases are rare.
A periodic case review (called a CDR or Continuing Disability Review) are ordinarily conducted every one, three, or seven years and, in the majority of instances, an individual whose claim is being reviewed will receive a written outcome report. In most cases, the determination finds that they are still disabled and the reviews are nothing to worry about.
Hope this helps explain things in general. I would ask your brother what happened as they should have sent him some type of determination report. They just don't stop payments without some type of explanation.