Most people are aware of the Social Security program — especially when they look at the deductions on their paychecks. But many people see Social Security primarily as a retirement program. They are aware that disability benefits are available but perhaps do not realize the scope of the program and the number of people in the United States helped by it each year.
The following statistics, however, may give you some idea of just how extensive the SSDI program is and may be heartening to those considering applying for benefits but concerned about their eligibility.
- 9.8 million people received SSDI benefits during 2011.
- 1.8 million children of disabled workers received benefits in 2011.
- There were 10.4 billion dollars in payments made in 2011.
- The average age of SSDI recipients was 53 in 2011.
- More than 2.5 million disabled workers who received benefits were under the age of 50.
- The average monthly benefit received by SSDI beneficiaries was $1,110.50.
- One third of beneficiaries received benefits based on a mental disorder.
The SSDI program and the various benefits available under it are more complex than they may initially seem. Consulting an experienced Social Security lawyer is not only important for establishing your disability and thus your entitlement for benefits but also for understanding the full scope of benefits that may be available to you and your family.
This is a program to which you have spent your entire working life contributing. When an unexpected accident or chronic condition prevents you from working, take the time to take advantage of the full benefits it offers.