Social Security Disability Statistics
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we know the issues with being approved for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits and Supplementary Security Income (SSI).
With applications flooding the Social Security Administration, many Americans who are truly disabled are being denied the SSD or SSI benefits they deserve.
Now more than ever, it’s important to turn to a law firm you can trust to get you the SSD benefits you need to live and pay your bills.
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2012 Social Security Disability Statistics
- According to the Social Security Administration, there were 2,820,812 applications for Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income in 2012.
2011 Social Security Disability Statistics
We’ve compiled a list of SSD and SSI statistics from 2011:
- The SSA rejects over two-thirds of initial applications. Some sources say up to 85 percent are rejected the first time.
- SSD and SSI applications are up nearly 50 percent from 10 years ago.
- According to the Social Security Administration, 2,878,920 applications for disability benefits were received in 2011.
- A young professional at the age of 20 has about a 30 percent chance of becoming disabled throughout his or her life before retirement.
- Illnesses account for about 90 percent of all disability claims, according to the Council for Disability Awareness.
- Diseases such as arthritis, back pain, sciatica, osteoporosis, and disorders of the spine are the leading cause of disability claims in 2010.
- Only about a third of working Americans have any type of disability insurance through their employer or have a personal policy with disability coverage.
- 87.5% of people receiving disability payments were disabled workers.
- The average age of disabled workers was 53.
- Men represented 53 percent of all disabled workers receiving benefits.
- Mental disorders accounted for about a third of all disabilities.
- The average monthly benefit in 2011 was $1,110.50.
- 10% of people receiving disability payments were disabled adult children.
- 2.6% of people receiving disability payments were disabled widow(er)s.
- In 2011, almost 10 million (9,803,581) people received monthly disability benefits.
- 1 out of 8 Social Security disability recipients also received Supplemental Security income payments.
- Benefits were terminated for over 650,000 disabled workers.
2010 Social Security Disability Statistics
- Disability benefits were paid to just under 9.4 million people.
- Awards to disabled workers (1,026,988) accounted for over 89 percent of awards to all disabled beneficiaries (1,141,928).
- In December, payments to disabled beneficiaries totaled about $9.6 billion.
- Benefits were terminated for 640,678 disabled workers.
- Supplemental Security Income payments were another source of income for about 1 out of 6 disabled beneficiaries.
- Workers accounted for the largest share of disabled beneficiaries (87 percent).
- The average age was about 53 for disabled workers.
- Men represented nearly 53 percent of disabled workers.
- Mental disorders was the diagnosis for about a third of disabled workers.
- The average monthly benefit received was $1,067.80.
- Supplemental Security Income payments were another source of income for about 1 out of 8 people.
- According to the Social Security Administration, 2,935,798 applications for disability benefits were received in 2010.
Denied SSD Benefits? We Can Help
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we win the majority of appeals for our clients. Your health already causes you enough problems. Don’t suffer even more and live without SSD benefits.
Call 1-866-9-4EDGAR (1-866-943-3427), or fill out the form at the top right to get started. Remember, you only have 60 days to file an appeal. The clock is ticking, and our phones answer 24/7. Contact us now.
"Employers Shift Disability Insurance Costs to Workers and Trim Benefits." The Washington Post. September 19, 2011.
"Non-Communicable Diseases May Prove Harder to Control Than Other Ailments." The Washington Post. September 19, 2011.
"Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2011." Social Security Administration. SSA.gov.