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Monday, March 28, 2016

Interesting Facts about Social Security Disability Insurance

What groups benefit the most from Social Security Disability Insurance?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a government run program that helps millions of people across the country. If you are disabled, according to the Social Security Administration’s definition, and you cannot work, you are likely entitled to a monthly cash benefit. The program covers a multitude of physical and mental disabilities. 

If you think you might apply for SSDI you might be interested in knowing a little bit more about the program. Here are some facts:

  • In 2013, approximately 5.5 percent of workers received SSDI benefits. This was the result of a rapid increase since the 1970s due to less stringent eligibility requirements and the continuous increase in average life expectancy, among other factors.
  • Most people who receive SSDI are eligible based on musculoskeletal disorders. The number of these types of claims continues to rise.
  • The percentage of the population receiving SSDI benefits has remained relatively constant over the last 25 years.
  • More Southerners receive SSDI benefits than those residing in Northern states. West Virginia has the highest disability rate in the country. The rates among other states vary significantly.
  • Benefits average around $14,000 a year per recipient.
  • While the number of those receiving benefits continues to rise, the rate of those coming off the program continues to decrease.

If you are disabled and unable to work, you may be wondering how you are going to survive.  SSDI can be a lifesaver if you are in this situation, but it is not easy to obtain. An experienced attorney can guide you through the application process and the appeals process if need be. This is not something you want to go through alone without any assistance. An attorney can greatly increase your chances of being approved on your initial application. If you are considering applying for SSDI, talk to an experienced New York City disability attorney today.


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