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Find Support in a Time of Need

You received a notice of cessation of disability benefits from Social Security. That means Social Security wants to stop paying you benefits that you may be relying on to keep your life steady and peaceful.

A Social Security Disability cessation means Social Security has decided you no longer need benefits, likely because they think the health problem you won benefits for no longer stops you from working.

What can you do to hold on to this financial lifeline?

You can appeal the cessation.

If you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you must argue that you are still unable to work. If you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you must be unable to work plus have limited financial resources.

The Indiana disability advocates at Hanley Disability have more than 30 years of experience with the Social Security Disability system. We prepared this page to help you better understand what happens in a cessation of disability benefits.

Our Indianapolis team of disability advocates helps people in Danville, Franklin, Lebanon, Noblesville, everywhere across Indiana—and around the country.

For any disability benefits questions, get in touch with us.

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Choosing a Disability Lawyer or Advocate: What to Look For

When you’re looking for a disability advocate in Indianapolis, consider:

1. How Much Experience They Have. Ask how long they’ve been helping people get disability benefits and if they have experience with claims like yours.2. Do They Focus on Disability Cases? Is advocating for people’s disability benefits their main job, or do they provide other services as well, such as lawyers who handle other types of legal cases. If you work with a disability advocate who’s dedicated solely to disability claims, you’ll know you’ve got someone experienced with the special system Social Security uses to decide who gets benefits.

3. Will You Work Directly with Your Advocate? Some disability advocates and lawyers will hand your case off to support staff members instead of personally handling most of it. Make sure you can work directly with your representative, so you know you’re getting someone with the most training and experience in managing disability claims.

4. Will They Help You with Your Initial Application?

Your advocate should be able to assist you from the beginning, not just after you’ve been denied. Having a professional help you on your initial application can help you avoid mistakes. And if you’re denied benefits, you’ll already have someone familiar with your case who can help you appeal the decision, which requires moving quickly.

5. Will They Provide Personal Attention?

For such an important process at such a sensitive time, you should get individual care for your case and not be treated like a number. If the firm is so big or impersonal that you’re not getting the attention you deserve, it makes an already difficult time even harder.

If you’re ready to talk about your claim for disability benefits with someone who works with this system every day, reach out to Hanley Disability for a FREE CASE CONSULTATION.

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What Can I Do About a Disability Cessation?

It’s not unusual to get a cessation of disability benefits reversed. In fact, it’s often easier than applying for benefits in the first place, or appealing an initial denial of benefits.

These are the primary paths you can take:

  • Appeal the cessation decision and ask to have your benefits continued in the meantime. (You must submit this request within 10 days of your cessation notice.)
  • Appeal the cessation without asking for a continuation of immediate benefits. (You have 60 days to file this.)
  • If you’re feeling well enough and ready to return to work, you could stop receiving benefits and re-enter the workforce.

Be careful about asking for benefits to continue while you challenge your cessation of disability benefits.

If you’re ultimately denied, and your disability benefits stop, you may have to pay back the money you received in the meantime.

When you’re appealing a cessation of Social Security Disability benefits, you’ll start by filing a form asking for a reconsideration of the decision.

A hearing officer at the Indiana Disability Determination Bureau may review your claim. If they don’t reverse the cessation, you could go to a hearing with a Social Security administrative law judge.

Similar to appealing a disability denial, you could also take your appeal to Social Security’s Appeals Council, or federal court, if needed.

If your appeal of your disability cessation case reaches advanced stages, you may need help presenting the strongest possible arguments for keeping your benefits.

To learn more about your options in a disability cessation—so you can preserve benefits that help keep you afloat—ask the disability advocates at Hanley Disability.

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