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Some Basic Facts About Social Security Disability Benefits

February 13, 2014

Estimates show there are currently more than 14 million Americans unable to work due to a mental or physical conditions collecting Social Security Disability benefits. This is only a portion of the individuals who need benefits though, as roughly 60 percent of all initial disability claims are denied.

This statistic leave many citizens wondering what constitutes Social Security Disability Eligibility and how to receive benefits.

An article from CBS News shows disabled workers and their dependents account for roughly 19 percent of all Social Security payments made. The survivors of workers killed while on-the-job make up another 11 percent of payments.

In order to collect benefits, a person must fill out an application with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and must have worked long enough and paid enough into the system to collect benefits. If these criteria have been met, claims adjustors will then work to determine if the individual’s disability is severe enough to collect benefits. This is achieved by examining if a condition meets standards established by the SSA.

The Appleton Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz are aware of how confusing the Social Security disability process can be. That is why the firm urges anyone considering applying for such benefits or who has a claim that was denied in the past to discuss their legal options with an attorney immediately.