An Independent View of Social Security
When does disability end?
Your disability ends when:
There has been a medical improvement in your impairment(s) relating to your ability to work; and
The impairment does not meet or equal a current listing in the Listing of Impairments; and
You are not currently disabled; or
One of the following conditions exists:
One of certain exceptions to medical improvement applies and your impairment(s) considered together with your age, education, and work experience (see §609) does not prevent you from doing substantial gainful activity (see §603);
Note: In SSI cases, disability does not end on this basis.
You do not cooperate with us (e.g., you refuse to give us needed medical or other evidence);
We cannot locate you (e.g., a question of whether you are still disabled needs to be resolved); or
You fail to follow prescribed treatment that could restore your ability to do substantial gainful activity.
Last Revised: Sep. 11, 2007
- Definition of Substantial Gainful Activity
- Importance of Substantial Gainful Activity
- Evaluation Considering Age, Education, and Work Experience
- Definition of Disability for Disabled Worker's Benefits
- When are your disabled worker's benefits NOT paid?
- When does your period of disability end?
- When are you NOT eligible for a trial work period?