Dec 7

Let’s Talk Social Security Disability Numbers


Social Security DisiabilityOur law firm’s Social Security Disability department sees a lot of numbers. Numbers of work credits, numbers of medical providers, numbers of individuals and families struggling because of the inability to work, etc. However, it is also important that our social security disability clients and potential clients also see these numbers:

Average Wait Time for a Social Security Hearing

According to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in St Petersburg Florida the average wait time for a SSI or SSD hearing in St. Petersburg is 16.0 months. Throughout Florida, the average wait time is 19.08 months. The national average is 16.8 months.

Average Chance of Winning the Social Security Disability Claim

According to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) in St Petersburg, a Social Security claimant has a fifty percent (50%) of winning a SSI or SSD disability hearing in St. Petersburg.

Number of Work Credits Needed to be Eligible for Social Security Disability

It’s important to understand that Social Security Disability is not an entitlement. You have to work in order to get it. Fox Business reminds us that a person needs 40 lifetime work credits to qualify for Social Security disability benefits, and a maximum of four credits can be earned annually. In 2017, one work credit is equal to $1,300 in wages. Simply earn $5,200 in 2017 and you’ll have maxed out your work credits for the year.

The Number of 18 – 61 Year Olds Receiving Social Security Benefits

Despite what the media tries to tell us, the majority of the money is not going to Americans who can work and choose not to. Fox Business reports that based on data from the SSA, 81% of all benefits paid out by the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Trust (OASDI) are heading to seniors ages 62 and up. Just 5% go to children under the age of 18, and another 14% to adults between the ages of 18 and 61.

The Number to Call

If you or someone you know has a disability that prevents them from returning to work, it is important that you talk to someone about your rights to Social Security Disability benefits. Many times, our firm’s Social Security Disability department tells potential clients that we believe they would not qualify based on work history or level of disability. However, social security disability benefits are available for those who need them and qualify for them. If we can help, please call us at 727-796-8282.


Social Security Disability AttorneysAttorney Matthew Noyes and Lorrie Robinson represent those fighting to obtain social security disability benefits as well as those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury matters. Mr. Noyes is a named partner at the Tampa Bay law firm of Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or complete the form on this page or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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