Funding for Social Security Disability is always tenuous, given the large number of applicants and the limited amount of funding. In 2012, there were 9,275,113 Americans receiving Social Security Disability benefits, according to one report from the Social Security Administration. Just less than 1.5 million of these were also receiving Social Security Income. The vast majority of these were workers, many whom were injured on the job and were thus approved for Social Security Disability through their employers’ claims. A large percentage of claims are not approved, and thus go into the appeals process. The appeals process for Social Security Disability, while challenging, is not hopeless, especially if you have a good Social Security Disability lawyer on your side.
Regardless, in 2009, according to a different report from the Social Security Administration, the award rate for Social Security Disability applicants was only 36 percent. The allowance rate was slightly higher, at 56.5 percent. Unfortunately, these numbers do not look as if they will get any better. According to a recent article in the L.A. Times, the national Social Security Disability program is “within a year or two of needing an infusion of cash.” Many Congressional conservatives continue to refuse to bolster this agency, meaning that in a couple of years, many disabled Americans would be without the resources they need, according to the L.A. Times.
Many independent oversights of the Social Security Disability program reveal that the agency has been seriously mismanaged for at least a decade, reports the L.A. Times. This means that many Americans who could have qualified currently have applications in a long backlog that does not look to be resolved any time soon, especially if the already-limited budget is further cut.
The number of claims is increasing, according to the L.A. Times, not because more people are looking for an easy government handout (the average disability stipend is only $1,146 / month; it is not a way to get rich), but because of the aging population. The L.A. Times also speculates that the number of disability claims has risen in recent years due “to the influx of women into the workplace, to a broader recognition of conditions that legitimately qualify as disabling under the law, and to economic conditions that have made it harder for disabled persons to find work.”
If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability in Texas or have been denied a claim and would like to file an appeal, the most important first step is to seek the counsel of an attorney. Contact the Austin Social Security disability attorneys at the Law Offices of Bemis, Roach & Reed for a free initial consultation today.
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