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A Third of Social Security Disability Applicants in the U.S. Received Awards in 2017

Feb  20,  2018

More than 10.4 million people in the United States received disability benefits in 2017, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). While the number of applications for social security disability (SSDI) benefits dropped 6.1% from 2016, the percentage of individuals awarded benefits climbed slightly.

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is a federal insurance program that is funded from payroll taxes and managed by the Social Security Administration. SSDI is designed to provide income supplements to disabled individuals who have made sufficient contributions through FICA taxes. 

To qualify for disability benefits, applicants must have a medical condition that meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. The Social Security Administration uses an evaluation process to determine eligibility, which includes considering the nature of the disability, age, work experience, education, and other factors. Many disabled workers wonder if they are eligible to receive benefits, but they become increasingly frustrated by the cumbersome application process.

If you have any questions about the federal Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program and your eligibility to receive benefits, contact us at 800-LAW-5655 or visit our website at

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