If you have stopped receiving Social Security Disability Benefits due to having earned enough money to exceed the accepted Substantial Gainful Activity levels, but your income has since fallen below the standards for substantial gainful activity, you may qualify for expedited reinstatement.
Expedited reinstatement, as the name implies, allows you to start receiving Social Security Disability Benefits quicker than if you were required to go back and start over with a completely new Social Security Disability claim.
Expedited reinstatement is granted on a provisional basis, with Social Security Disability Benefits being paid for up to six months while the Social Security Administration considers your actual reinstatement of Social Security Disability Benefits. You will be considered disabled if you still have the same disability which qualified you for Social Security Disability Benefits in the first place as long as that condition has not improved.
If you are found unqualified to receive Social Security Disability Benefits, the expedited reinstatement payments will stop. Your Social Security Disability payments may also stop if the Social Security Administration has not accepted your claim within six months.
Because the time frame is so limited for the approval of expedited reinstatement, it is critical that you make every effort to respond to all requests by the Social Security Administration in a timely manner. Missing or even rescheduling appointments could make the expedited reinstatement process take longer, which could lead to a lapse in your benefits.
There are times when it’s advantageous to file for an expedited reinstatement and times when you’re better off filing a new claim. If you’re not sure which option is better for you, consider consulting a Social Security Disability lawyer. Social Security Disability lawyers are familiar with the ins and outs of expedited reinstatement, and can offer you invaluable advice regarding whether you should file for one.