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How long do cases take?

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Disability for Mental

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Disability through SSA

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Working and Disability

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Disability Conditions List

What is a disability?

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Why Do Social Security Disability Claims Increase In A Bad Economy?

Many would never guess that a bad economy could lead to an increase in Social Security disability claims. However, more disability claims are a logical outcome when you take the time to think about the effects of a bad economy. When the economy is bad, many companies lay off higher paid employees in an effort to save money or they seek younger individuals to take the place of their older employees, because they are often willing to accept less benefits and pay.

This means that thousands of individuals who are in their forties, fifties, and sixties are being laid off, and individuals of this age group often have health problems. Many worked for employers who were aware of their health problems and some even had employers who actively helped their employees keep their jobs.

Older individuals with health problems are not likely to be hired by other corporations who are looking for individuals who are young and in good health, so what can they do? They still have financial obligations to take care of and often no way to be hired for work.

For many, the very last resort is filing for Social Security disability. From my experience, I've found that, for these individuals, filing for disability is a very humbling experience that they do not relish. Contrary to what many might think, most individuals who have worked all their lives do not want to file for disability benefits.

Keep in mind, Social Security disability benefits rarely come close to what an individual was making while they were working, Consequently, I am sure these laid off workers would rather find jobs that could provide pay and medical insurance for their family rather than filing for disability benefits, although this is impossible for some.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

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While you are in your disability interview
The SSD and SSI definition of disability
Can you get disability for OCD?
Can you get disability for Chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia?
Filing for disability with depression
Disability claims involving spinal stenosis, arachnoiditis, degenerative disc
Polymyalgia rheumatica versus fibromyalgia
Is Chronic Fatigue considered a disability by Social Security?
Social Security Disability, SSI and Being Over the Age of Fifty
How to file for disability in North Dakota
Why does disability get denied?
Antisocial Personality Disorder and Filing for Disability
Can I Receive More Social Security Disability If I Get Another Condition Or Illness?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Getting a disability approval
How to appeal disability denial
Disability hearing results
Helpful tips for going to social security disability hearing
SSDI hearing decision
Denied social security disability now what
Social security disability appeal status
Social security disability appeal attorney fees
I was denied social security disability for the 2nd time
What happens after a disability hearing has been held
How long does a Social Security Disability judge have to make a ruling?
The Social Security Disability Blue book
How to get an SSDI reconsideration approved?
Conditions that get approved for disability
Social security disability back pay status
Denied social security disability appeal
What to say at a disability hearing
Filing for disability with fibromyalgia
Tips for applying for disability