More Floridians than ever are now claiming Social Security Disability benefits; in fact, the figure is up 40 percent since 2007, meaning that 500,000 people received disability benefits in the Sunshine State last year.
The Sun Sentinel reports that waiting rooms in South Florida Social Security offices are full of people applying for benefits.
Many of these new applications, the newspaper reports, are “coming from people with mental or physical conditions who once were able to work and now can’t, or who lost their job and are unable to find a new one.”
“It’s very much in tune with the timing of our recession,” said an attorney to The Sun Sentinel. “Maybe they would have had someone who would accommodate them, but when there’s a scarcity of jobs, it becomes more difficult. In a better economy, they would tough it out.”
Two-thirds of Floridians who apply for Social Security Disability benefits are initially denied because the agency determines that their condition is not incapacitating or that they don’t meet eligibility requirements.
In Florida, the majority of claims regard mental disorders.
What do you think about the large increase of Florida residents receiving disability benefits?
If you need help with your Social Security Disability benefits, contact the Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.
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