Being approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) does not mean someone is guaranteed to be eligible for benefits for the remainder of their lives. There are occasions when benefits can be taken away, and not just when someone becomes healthier or stronger. It is important to know what these circumstances may be, because some people may inadvertently lose their benefits without realizing they are at risk.

Becoming a Volunteer

Volunteering is a wonderful thing, but it can lead to problems for SSDI recipients. Many may not realize that performing manual labor as a volunteer or contributing too many hours to a cause could lose them their SSDI benefits. In these instances, the government may consider the individual well enough to work. There are some specific programs that people can volunteer with, and even receive payment for, and it will not affect their benefits. 

Reaching Retirement Age

A standard policy of the federal government is to end SSDI benefits and begin paying people through social security retirement when the recipient reaches full retirement age. The one big difference, that actually benefits these recipients, is that income maximums no longer apply. Their benefit will not be affected if they are able to return to work, even if they begin working full time.

Going to Jail

Regardless of the type of crime committed, if someone is found guilty of committing a felony they will lose their benefits during their time of incarceration. The payments will be reinstated after their release, but if it has been more that 12 months, they will be forced to reapply.

Other Benefit Situations

Winning a lottery can suspend payments depending on the amount. Inheritances do not affect SSDI, but will make those who are receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income) lose their eligibility. People who get married and are receiving benefits under someone else's disability like their parent, ex-spouse or deceased spouse can lose their eligibility.

It can be a challenging effort to finally get approval for disability under the laws of the Social Security Administration. Those who do receive them will want to make certain they are aware of the laws to prevent the chance of losing, or even just delaying their benefits. Before beginning any new venture, whether it is volunteering or taking a part time job, every benefit recipient should always make certain that it can be done without risking the benefits they need to pay their living expenses. 

To learn more about social security disability, contact a law firm like Duncan Disability Law SC