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Have your Social Security disability benefits been frozen?

On Behalf of | May 9, 2022 | Social Security Disability

Not many people in Kentucky know that their Social Security disability benefits can get frozen, but it happens. This means that they don’t get to receive any payments from the government until their case gets reviewed. If you are in this situation, it is important to understand how the freeze works and what you can do to get out of it.

Why does a Social Security disability freeze occur?

The most common reason is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to review your case. This usually happens because you have been approved for benefits, but then something changes in your life that makes the SSA question whether or not you still qualify for them.

For example, if you start working again after getting approved for benefits, the SSA will likely assess your situation to see if you are still eligible for payments.

Also, if the SSA suspects that you are committing fraud, it can freeze your Social Security disability benefits. This usually happens if the SSA has reason to believe that you are not disabled and are just trying to get benefits that you don’t deserve.

What should you do if your Social Security disability benefits get frozen?

The first thing you should do is contact the SSA and find out why. They should be able to tell you why you’re in the situation and what you need to do to get them unfrozen.

In most cases, all you will need to do is provide additional documentation to show that you are still eligible for benefits. For example, if the SSA froze your benefits because you started working again, you will need to provide proof that your earnings are below a certain level.

If your benefits have been frozen because of suspected fraud, you will need to provide evidence to show that you’re indeed disabled. This might include medical records or testimony from your doctor.

The most important thing to remember if your Social Security disability benefits get frozen is not to panic. There are usually steps you can take to get your benefits unfrozen and back on track.