Losing the ability to work may be difficult for an employee in Pennsylvania to handle. Work provides a sense of productivity and purpose, and it also provides a paycheck. When a person is told by a doctor that returning to the workplace is no longer an option because of a mental or physical disability, he or she fortunately can take advantage of Social Security disability benefits. These benefits can help incapacitated workers to get the money they need in order to survive.
The amount of U.S. citizens who are claiming Social Security disability benefits has been steadily rising. In fact, today's number represents an increase of 42 percent from 2004. It is currently unclear whether this number will go up or down in the near future.
The amount of people getting benefits falls just shy of 11 million. In addition, the figure of awarded benefits is a little more than $995 on average. The concern is that so many people have tapped into the disability fund that the pot may run out within the next two or three years. This fund provides nearly $140 billion to beneficiaries every year and thus numbers among the government's biggest assistance programs.
Social Security disability can be a financial savior when a debilitated person feels lost due to not being able to make a living the traditional way. However, with so many people vying for the same fund of benefits, it can be tricky to get one's claim accepted in Pennsylvania. An accurate understanding of legislation dealing with government disability benefits may increase a person's chances of finally getting the benefits due to him or her under the law.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Has Social Security Disability Enrollment Hit Plateau?", Damian Paletta and Josh Zumbrun, April 16, 2014