Social Security Disability Statistics

Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Has Doubled Since 1980

by Staff | July 6th, 2015

Almost eighty years ago, our nation created the Social Security program to provide income for citizens who were no longer able to work. Since that time, the program has been expanded to not only include the elderly, but also the disabled. Our Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that now, the number of individuals receiving assistance from the program continues to steadily increase.

Forbes released an article stating that between 1980 and 2011, the rate of individuals who are approved for Social Security Disability benefits doubled from 2.3 percent to 4.7 percent. By 2013, more than 9 million Americans were covered under the Social Security system.

Some of the most well known reasons for the increase in beneficiaries is the rising age of the baby boomer generation, as well as an increase in the number of women in the workforce. Some of the less recognized reasons include fewer disabled citizens receiving state-funded welfare and an ever-expanding list of conditions that can qualify a worker for benefits.

Similar increases in beneficiary totals have been reported in the Supplemental Security Income program as well.

These increases just go to show that if you’re unable to work due to a mental or physical condition, you may want to consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits. It’s no secret that the process can be complicated though, so having legal representation by your side during the process is highly recommended.

If you have questions regarding your rights to benefits, our legal staff is standing by to assist you. Feel free to reach out to us anytime by calling (800) 477-7315.

Social Security Disability: Where Are Recipients Located and Why?

by Staff | September 22nd, 2014

There are currently more than 10 million Americans who depend on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits as their main source of income, and data indicates some areas of our nation see higher rates of beneficiaries than others. This leaves many citizens questioning which factors affecting Social Security Disability claims may be causing concentrated disabled populations in certain regions.

Records from the Social Security Administration (SSA) indicate the southeastern section of our country has the highest population of SSD recipients. West Virginia had the greatest number of disabled citizens, while Alabama follows closely in second with nearly 300,000 people benefiting from the system. Arkansas, Kentucky, and Mississippi rounded out the top five states with disabled citizens.

So, what is causing so many people in the south to be considered disabled? Researchers from the SSA believe it may be tied to injuries causing physical pain. Many state economies in the south rely on physically-intensive labor, such as mining or construction, which can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and other painful disabilities. An article from Al.com states roughly 30 percent of all disability claims stem from pain-related issues, and the states with the greatest disability rates also see the highest percentages of prescriptions for painkillers.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Social Security Disability lawyers have helped people from all across the nation get the benefits they deserve. We pride ourselves in helping others and are here to assist you as well. Call us at (800) 477-7315 to learn more.