Social Security Disability by the Numbers
Posted on behalf of Phillips Disability, P.C. on Sep 11, 2015 in SSD
Last month, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program celebrated its 60th anniversary. It is momentous since SSDI helps some of the most disabled Americans. Not only does Social Security give support to workers who are insured, it also assists workers families.
In 1956, Congress created the SSDI program and said yes to federal benefits for disability. It set a strict definition of a disability as one that is medically documented and that prohibits a person from being able to hold gainful employment. It also required that all applicants pay into the program before reaping its benefits.
Despite Congress amending this program throughout the years, it has essentially remained the same. Through the SSDI program, almost nine million workers who are disabled have been able to receive benefits.
The Administration also reports that:
- Nearly one-third of beneficiaries have a musculoskeletal condition like back injuries, severe arthritis or other skeletal and connective tissue conditions
- One third have been diagnosed with a mental disorder
- Sixty-two percent have multiple disabling conditions
- Some beneficiaries have life-threatening conditions like leukemia and stage-four cancers
- Many beneficiaries exceed the minimum work credit requirements
- Beneficiaries are typically fifty-years-old or more at the onset of benefits
The beneficiaries of SSDI benefits are typically women who have worked in the service industry, such as health, education and hospitality, while male recipients have held jobs in manufacturing and construction industries.
If you have been denied the benefits that you need, contact the disability benefits lawyers at Phillips Disability for a free consultation. We will guide you through the appeals process and help you get the help you need.
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