Each month the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases a statistical snapshot that provides an overview of the disability programs. This overview allows current and future beneficiaries the opportunity see where benefits stand on a monthly basis. This month the statistics report for February were made public. The report documented the total number of beneficiaries collecting disability and 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 within the month, 64,259 new applicants were awarded disability. This number is up for the second month in a row, which is good news for applicants who are planning on applying or have an application awaiting a decision from the SSA.
Can a Disability Advocate or Attorney Help?
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, but 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. If you would like to get started, click on the button below and check on your claim eligibility.