In recent years, claims for Social Security Disability benefits have skyrocketed. According to Forbes, the number of Social Security Disability recipients has hit an all-time high in recent years with one in fourteen workers now receiving benefits.
The growing number of claims being filed is compounded by a small percentage of recipients returning to work. Statistics from the program show that in 2011, of the 653,877 individuals who stopped receiving benefits that year, 36 percent had died and 52 percent had reached retirement age and switched to other benefits, while only 6 percent returned to work and 3.6 percent left due to medical improvements.
Experts attribute the growing number of claimants to hard economic times, while others say it is a lack of understanding that returning to work doesn’t necessarily mean a person will stop receiving benefits. In fact, the Social security Administration (SSA) clearly states that a worker can attempt to return to work for up to nine-months without seeing a decrease in payments. Even then, a worker can still receive partial payments after that nine-month period to help make ends meet.
The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize that the growing number of claims being filed being compounded by a lack of funding can make getting your claim for Social Security Disability benefits more difficult than ever before. That is why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you have a claim you are preparing to file or have a claim that was denied in the past.