Most people know that social security payments affect the lives of many Americans, but it is helpful to understand just how many people depend on Social Security due to disability and the inability to work. More than 11 million people, including people with disabilities, their spouses and children receive Social Security disability benefits. Breaking these numbers down even more shines light onto exactly what the Social Security Act’s provisions are doing for families every day. Consider these numbers:
- Almost 8 million workers receive disability benefits because of an injury or lasting condition. The disability must affect the person significantly and for at least a year.
- Almost 1.8 million children of disabled workers receive Social Security benefits, as do almost 930,000 disabled adult children.
- Nearly 240,000 disabled widows and widowers receive benefits.
The average Social Security disability monthly benefit was $1,064 in 2010.
Disability payments make up a large portion of the Social Security system, so any changes to the Social Security Act would have a substantial impact on people who rely on disability benefits. On Wednesday, we will discuss the application process for requesting Social Security payments because of a disability.
Do you have a disability that prevents you from working? If so, contact a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney today to learn more and get the help you need. There is no charge for a consultation, and you can also reach us at (918) 587-0050.