Social Security Disability Factors

Who Is Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits Today?

by Staff | April 25th, 2014

The Social Security Administration (SSA) estimates there are currently more than 10 million Americans unable to perform their job duties due to a work-related illness or injury. These individuals depend on federal assistance programs through the SSA as their resource for income. This figure leaves many wondering what demographics make up the majority of individuals receiving SSD benefits?

Of those who receive SSD payments, only 9.3 million are between ages 18 and 64, which is traditionally considered the working age in the U.S. This means that roughly 4.7 percent of the American working population is receiving SSD benefits.

According to an article from Workers Compensation, this is just a national average, and the distribution rates of SSD benefits around the country vary by state. West Virginia ranks as having the highest rate of disabled workers, while Hawaii had the lowest.

There are varying opinions on why there is such a spread among disability rates between states, but many experts believe that socioeconomic factors play the greatest role in the differences.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand that every individual SSD claim is different and we know what it takes to help you. Call 866-684-7216 to speak with our staff about your claim, today.

Company Reports Breach of Social Security Disability Data

by Staff | March 21st, 2014

March 21, 2014

For those who collect Social Security Disability, the benefits supplied through the program may be their only source of income. But security breaches of claimant data can result in Social Security Disability Fraud that could lead to a loss of benefits.

Recently, a Maryland company that oversees the benefits of 13,900 disabled Maryland residents has come forward about compromised benefit information that affects roughly 70 percent of its customers. According to an article from The Baltimore Sun, a hacker was able to enter Service Coordination Inc.’s computer system between Oct. 20-30 of last year. They were then able to gain access to information regarding individual disability cases that included:

  • Medical Assistance numbers
  • Medicaid Status
  • Personal Demographics

Officials say the data breach could become especially complicated since many of the clients depend on third parties to handle their finances and business. Many other disability recipients rarely conduct checks of their accounts and deposits, which means they may not realize their information has been compromised until their benefits go missing.

Virginia Marcus, an executive director with the Maryland Disabilities Law Center, says the hack could also add to an already burning need for legal services for the state’s disabled.

The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize the need for security regarding benefits and encourage anyone with questions regarding their payments to seek the counsel of a qualified attorney immediately.