Disability Benefits Harder than Ever to Obtain

September 11, 2013

According to Social Security stastistics, the grim fact is that 1 in 5 male and 1 in 7 female disability recipients die within 5 years of being granted benefits.  So if the average age that someone receives disability payments is 55, the fact is that many will never collect any of their regular Social Security retirement benefits.

As the residents of Jacksonville, Florida know so well, getting Social Security disability benefits in our jurisdiction is no easy task.  Despite the large majority of Social Security judges being of the highest integrity, the simple fact is that the standards to get disability have never been higher than they have in the past year.   Nationwide, approvals at the administrative judge level have dropped by nearly 10% in the last year.   Judges are calling more medical and vocational experts to testify than ever before.  Claimants have no choice but to hire Social Security Disability attorneys to cross-examine these professional experts called by the judges.  Many claimants are poor and extremely sick.

Although there are certainly areas for improvement in the disability system (such as worker re-training), lets not throw the most vulnerable to the curb so fast.  After all, government statistics show that many will be dead soon enough.

If you need assistance with a Social Security Disability matter, please call my office at 904-981-9812.

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