Jul 20

Social Security Disability’s Framework Turns 80


SS CardTurning 80 years old is a good thing. We shouldn’t put an eighty-year-old out to pasture. However, some would like 80-year-old Social Security to be eliminated. Those on Social Security and Social Security Disability would strongly disagree.

Social Security was first introduced by President Franklin Roosevelt. In his State of the Union message in 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt proposed legislation to give assistance to the unemployed, the aged, homeless or destitute children and the disabled. This was the beginnings of what soon become Social Security and Social Security Disability.

The 1935 Social Security Act included provisions for old age assistance, unemployment compensation, aid to dependent children, and grants for maternal and child welfare. However, it did not include Social Security Disability benefits. Opponents thought it was be too difficult to prove whether someone was too disabled to work. In 1956, payroll deductions were increased very slightly in 1956 to provide for Social Security Disability benefits. Through changes over the years, the Social Security Disability law changed so more disabled workers and their families were entitled to Social Security Disability benefits.

Today, Social Security Disability provided economic security to more than 8 million disabled workers. However, average benefits are modest (Individuals, $1,132 per month; for a family, $1,919 per month). Unlike what some people think, these are not governmental handouts because workers must have paid in to Social Security through payroll taxes to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits and they must still provide that they cannot return to any of their past relevant employment.

This 80-year-old has done great things for many people. We should celebrate her long life and encourage her to live longer!

If you or a loved one has worked the required amount of time and now has a disability that makes working impossible, you should consult an attorney who handles Social Security Disability benefits. You paid for these benefits and are entitled to them if you qualify!


Mathew NoyesAttorney Matthew Noyes and his team represents those fighting to get Social Security Disability benefits. His Clearwater law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply complete the form on this page or click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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