Important Statistics Every Disability Candidate Should Know

When beginning the process of applying for disability benefits, the sheer amount of information can be intimidating. From the eligibility requirements to the application process itself to the appeals process for an application that’s been denied, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and unable to keep track of everything you need to know. To help you feel more secure and grounded, here are the most important statistics every applicant should know before starting the process. You can also talk to your Social Security lawyer in Ohio for more information.
1. The number of disability applications is increasing.
In 2000, the SSA received 1,330,558 disability applications; by 2014, this number had increased to 2,521,459. Essentially, the number of applications has almost doubled, without a significant increase in overall Social Security funding from the federal government. What does this mean for applicants? Simply put, fewer awards and more denials; over the same time period, the percent of awards granted decreased from 46.72% to 32.16%. This means that it’s more important than ever to determine eligibility before applying, and to work with an attorney to create an airtight argument if you do decide to apply.
2. On average, disability applicants tend to be older than other adults in the U.S.
According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, SSDI recipients are likely to be older than other adults in the population, with the average age of beneficiaries at 53 in 2013. “Seven out of ten (72 percent) are over 50 years old and about three in ten (32 percent) are over 60 years old.” Thus, when you apply for benefits, consider your age (and talk to your SSDI lawyer in Ohio to confirm) as a strong factor in your chances of receiving an award.
3. The most common disability granted an award is mental or musculoskeletal impairment.
“Of the nearly 8.9 million individuals receiving disabled worker benefits at the end of 2013, 31 percent had mental impairments as the main disabling condition, or primary diagnosis,” says the National Academy of Social Insurance. An equal amount – 31 percent – had musculoskeletal conditions, including arthritis, back injuries and other disorders of the skeleton and connective tissues. These were more common for those over age 50. The remainder of disability beneficiaries received a primary diagnosis of heart disease or other issues with the circulatory system (8 percent), impairments of the nervous system and sense organs (9 percent), and injuries, cancers, infectious diseases, metabolic and endocrine diseases, such as diabetes, diseases of the respiratory system and diseases of other body systems (21 percent).