Each month, the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases a statistical snapshot that provides an overview of disability programs. This overview allows both current and future beneficiaries the opportunity see where benefits stand on a monthly basis. This month, we’ll review the February 2016 statistics report. The report documented the total number of beneficiaries collecting disability as well as the monthly monetary averages. Here is a breakdown of what the numbers could mean for you and your claim.
Overview of February 2016 Statistics
Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,794,000
Disabled Workers: 8,897,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 139,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,758,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,022.34
Disabled Workers: $1,165.83
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $319.47
Children of Disabled Workers: $351.99
Looking Deeper into the Stats
The February statistics uncover virtual no change since January. We can only see small fluctuations amongst the numbers, a trend that has continued over the last few months. The unchanged statistics should provide future beneficiaries with a sense of comfort. No major changes can signal where you benefits may lie when you are finally approved for disability.
The Disabled Workers’ Statistics provides an even deeper look at February’s benefits. These stats showed that during the month, 64,259 new applicants were awarded disability. This number is up for the second month in a row. This is good news for applicants either planning on applying or who have an application awaiting a decision from the SSA.
You May Qualify for Legal Assistance
Receiving help from a disability advocate or attorney can be useful throughout the entire process. Not only will a legal representative help you get the initial paperwork in order, they can also help you appeal if an unfavorable determination arises. Getting connected to an attorney in your area is easy and usually takes the headache out of applying.
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Lori Polemenakos is Director of Consumer Content and SEO strategist for LeadingResponse, a legal marketing company. An award-winning journalist, writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas, she's produced articles for major brands such as Match.com, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity, Mail.com, and edited several published books. Since 2016, she's published hundreds of articles about Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veterans' benefits, personal injury, mass tort, auto accident claims, bankruptcy, employment law and other related legal issues.