Image Licensing Protections: An Introduction

Image Licensing Protections: An Introduction

What Can Cause You To Lose Disability Benefits?

Judy Alexander

Winning the right to Social Security disability is an important moment. Unfortunately, it is not guaranteed that you will receive those benefits until you reach retirement age and then qualify for retirement. Your benefits can be stopped for a range of reasons. To help ensure you do not lose your benefits, here are some of the most common reasons they are stopped.  

You Earned Too Much Money

A common misconception about disability benefits is that once you are approved, you can no longer work. In actuality, some recipients of benefits can continue to work as long as their income does not exceed a certain amount. 

The Social Security Administration, or SSA, allows a nine-month trial period in which you can work and earn as much as you want. Your benefits are not impacted by the trial period. However, once the trial period ends, any earnings over $1,090, your benefits could be stopped and you would be considered ineligible to receive future benefits. 

In the event that this does happen to you, you could possibly regain your benefits. If the situation that led to you going over the limit was a one-time thing, inform the SSA. You will need to provide documentation to prove it. The SSA will review your documentation and determine if benefits should be restarted. 

Your Health Improved

Disability benefits are available for as long as you have a medical condition that prevents you from working full-time. However, if your medical condition improves, it is very likely that the SSA will stop your benefits. 

While receiving benefits, you could be subjected to a review of your case. The Continuing Disability Review, or CDR, reviews your medical records and your accounts of your health to determine if you are still disabled. Based on this information, it is possible that you could be cleared to return back to work by the SSA if the disability appears to have improved. 

If your benefits are stopped and you are still disabled, you will need to appeal the SSA's decision and request a reassessment of your medical records. You could also request an independent medical examination. The amount of time that you have to file an appeal is limited, so it is imperative that you take action quickly.

There are other reasons that would cause disability claim benefits to stop. If you received notice that the SSA is stopping your benefits, contact an attorney. He or she can help determine what actions need to be taken to regain your benefits. 


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Image Licensing Protections: An Introduction

When you sell stock photography, there is always a risk that someone may use your image in a way that you didn't permit in the licensing agreement. When that happens, you need to protect your licensing rights. The best way to do that is to work with a copyright and licensing attorney. I've spent a lot of time researching fair use and licensing restrictions. I hope that the information here helps you to not only understand your rights as the creator but also to learn how to document and enforce those rights and seek legal resolutions when they are violated.