Social Security Disability has been under attack lately in the media. Stories of judges approving too many disability applications, SSD fraud and other similar stories ignore the daily struggles a person must endure to obtain Social Security Disability benefits.
Recently, the Social Security Administration recently launched a national communications campaign, The Faces and Facts of Disability, which attempts to increase public awareness of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and provide facts about the program and personal stories about those compelled to go on Social Security Disability.
A part of the Faces and Facts of Disability provides facts that are often over-looked on media stories about Social Security Disability. Some of these facts include:
1. The Social Security Act defines disability very strictly. To be deemed disabled for SSD benefits, an applicant must establish that he or she cannot work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted or is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Also, the individual's medical condition must prevent them from doing work that they have done in the past, and it must prevent them from adjusting to other work.
2. Social Security Disability benefits are benefits that the applicant earns by working and paying Social Security taxes on their earning. If the applicant did not work enough before applying for SSD benefits, he or she will not be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.
3. One in four 20-year-olds insured for disability benefits become disabled before reaching retirement age.
4. Social Security Disability does not pay a lot. At the beginning of 2014, Social Security paid an average monthly disability benefit of $1,146 which is barely above the 2013 poverty level. Imaging paying rent, electric, water, car payment, gas and other expenses on this amount.
I represent many good people that would rather be working and earning enough money than having to apply and fight for Social Security Disability benefits. So, before you jump on the Slam-the-Social-Security-Disability-recipients bandwagon, check out the Faces and Facts of Disability or talk to someone on Social Security Disability. You may change your mind.
Attorneys Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson represent those fighting to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. Their Tampa Bay law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.