The number of Americans receiving Social Security Disability benefits hit a record in July. According to the Social Security Administration, over 8.7 million Americans received SSD payments in July.
While some would like to politicize this, as an attorney who sees the struggles those needing Social Security Disability benefits go through in order to get it, I am sure the majority of those receiving Social Security Disability benefits would rather be healthy enough to work.
Social Security Disability benefits s funded by a 1.8 percent payroll tax that is split between employers and workers. Self-employed people pay the entire 1.8 percent. So those receiving these benefits paid into the system to receive the SSD check. To be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, a person must have worked long enough to have qualified for the benefits and must also meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled” and must be out of work (or likely to be out of work) because of the disability for one year or more. In order to be entitled to SSDI benefits, the worker had to work long enough to earn enough credits. According to the Social Security Administration, work credits are based on the total yearly wages or self-employment income. A person can earn up to four credits each year. The amount needed for a credit changes from year to year. In 2012, for example, you earn one credit for each $1,130 of wages or self-employment income. Thus, when you’ve earned $4,520, you’ve earned your four credits for the year.
Americans that receive Social Security Disability benefits should not be considered second-class citizens. Unfortunately, some in politics think so. For those who feel that way, they should struggle for a year with no income and wonder how they are going to pay their rent or mortgage, feed themselves or their family members, or simply buy new underwear.
Attorney Matthew Noyes proudly represents those trying to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. No one should try to fight the Social Security Administration alone. If you or a loved one needs legal assistance in getting SSD benefits, call Attorney Matthew Noyes at 727-724-7853 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.