What Types of Workers Receive Disability Benefits?


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What types of workers receive disability benefits?

Published on May 29th, 2018 by Eric Slepian

People who struggle with serious health conditions know that numbers play a considerable role in understanding what to expect in terms of their prognosis and treatment options.

The same can be said when it comes to understanding what to expect in terms of Social Security Disability benefits. If you have a severe condition that prevents you from working, statistics regarding who is collecting disability benefits could help you understand your own situation a little better.

Below are some statistics from the most recent reports by the Social Security Administration on the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.

  • Number of disabled workers awarded disability benefits in 2016: Over 8.8 million
  • Average age receiving benefits: 54.2, with most people receiving benefits after age 60
  • Average amount of benefit: $1,171.15 per month
  • Diagnostic group with the highest percentage of benefits recipients: musculoskeletal and connective tissue diseases (32.3 percent) followed by mental disorders (30.3 percent)
  • In Arizona: 24th highest number of applicants in the U.S.
  • In Arizona: 154,00 people collect benefits; most are over 60

What readers can take from this information

Statistically, most people receiving benefits are over 60 and suffering from musculoskeletal and connective tissue conditions. If you fall into these categories, you might know someone else in a similar situation. While it is reassuring to know that you are not alone, remember that every case and every person is different.

If you fall outside these categories, do not assume that you are not disabled or eligible for disability benefits. Your case depends on its individual merits and whether you meet the eligibility requirements.

Whether you are talking about severe health conditions or disability benefits, understand that numbers only tell part of the story. Individual circumstances and the decisions that people make can also have a dramatic impact on a specific outcome, as can the utilization of knowledgeable resources.

In the context of pursuing disability benefits, one such resource is an experienced attorney who can help people navigate the SSDI application and appeals processes. With this type of support, it can be easier to understand your options and how to pursue the benefits for which you may be eligible.

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