Study Finds Increased Number of Americans Receiving Social Security Disability

Aug. 9, 2012

A new study that was recently conducted by the Congressional Budget Office found that there has been a surge in the number of applicants for Social Security Disability benefits in recent years. According to the Huffington Post, from 1996 to 2009, the rate for disabled workers rose from 67 percent to 76 percent; there are now roughly 8.3 million Americans who are unable to work due to physical and mental disabilities.

Experts cite a number of factors behind the increase. While the majority of the growth can be blamed on a poor economy and an aging population, changes to the law in the 1980s also played a large role. The Reagan Administration created a set of rules allowing more individuals with mental and musculoskeletal disabilities to qualify for benefits.

While many believe the increase shows that it may be easier than ever to qualify for benefits, many who are in need beg to differ. Many applicants fail to receive benefits after first applying, and continue to appeal years after initially applying.

The Oshkosh Social Security Disability lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Sewall, Pitz & Burkham understand just how difficult and confusing the process of applying for social security benefits can be. That is why the firm suggests taking your case to an experienced attorney if you are unable to work and you believe you may qualify for benefits.