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Reviewing statistics on disabled workers and SSDI benefits

| May 3, 2021 | Social Security Disability |

If you or a loved one are struggling with the consequences of a disability, there are many different hardships to take into consideration. Disabilities, whether physical or mental, create different challenges. For example, disabled workers often struggle with the inability to earn income and hold a job, and some people cannot perform daily tasks or cover medical expenses.

For many people with serious disabilities, Social Security’s Disability Insurance program offers benefits that help entire families. Although the application process is complex and many people cannot receive benefits, a lot of people secure the resources they need by applying carefully.

How many people receive SSDI benefits each year?

The Social Security Administration provides statistics on disabled workers and SSDI benefits. According to the SSA, more than 1.8 million disabled workers applied for SSDI benefits during 2020 and over 2 million submitted an application in 2019. However, a majority of these applicants do not receive benefits. 2020 saw the approval of 648,121 applications, a 10% decrease compared to 2019.

How many SSDI terminations occur?

The SSA reports that in 2020, over 900,000 SSDI recipients had their benefits terminated, a 1.84% increase in comparison to the previous year. This figure includes the termination of disability benefits for any reason.

It is helpful to go over statistics on disabled workers and SSDI benefits for multiple reasons. Not only can you develop a better understanding of how many people receive benefits, but you can also see that many people do not obtain these benefits. If you face the denial of a claim, you should explore the possibility of appealing the decision.