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Report: High rate of workplace injuries impacts disability claims

Commentators on Social Security sometimes stress a growing number of disability claims that have challenged the system in recent years.

There is no question that claims have increased, although there is a division of opinion as to why that is the case. Critics on one side of the equation argue that increasingly more claims lack merit because many applicants are filing for reasons other than disability. Job loss is allegedly one major factor that is driving an escalating number of claims.

Naysayers of that view are many and diverse, and they commonly note that a Social Security Disability claim based on a job loss simply makes no sense. Every SSD application must be fully supported by strong evidence of a confirmed medical impairment acknowledged by the Social Security Administration. The vetting process for a claim is long and arduous, with many bumps along the road toward ultimate approval.

A recent report authored by the AFL-CIO -- the nation’s preeminent federation of labor unions -- offers a strong reason why disability claims are rising, and it has nothing to do with claimants’ attempts to merely recoup lost money from job losses or to otherwise defraud the government.

Rather, a rise in disability claims would seem logically linked to government-supplied statistics indicating that workplace-related injuries and illnesses are occurring at a high rate nationally. The AFL-CIO report estimates that well more 11 million on-the-job injuries may be occurring annually across the country.

Although workers’ compensation claims can be brought to compensate for many workplace-related accidents and illnesses, many American workers who have dutifully contributed to the SSD program through payroll contributions necessarily rely upon that program when they have a compelling need to secure benefits.

A proven SSD attorney well-versed with the program’s processes and requirements can help them do that.

Source: RedOrbit, “Job-related deaths in US are too high despite improved work conditions,” Brett Smith, May 9, 2014

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