Each month the Social Security Administration (SSA) collects data over its disability programs. This data ranges from the number of applicants drawing from the program to their month award. The SSA wants current and future beneficiaries to know what these numbers are. That’s why each month they release a statistical snapshot that show the averages from each program. This not only gives the public a better understanding of where Social Security disability benefits fall during the month, but it also provides insight into the future of the program.
Overview of the Stats
Total Number of Social Security Disability Benefit Beneficiaries: 10,794,000
Disabled Workers: 8,899,000
Spouses of Disabled Workers: 139,000
Children of Disabled Workers: 1,756,000
Average Monthly Social Security Disability Benefit Amount: $1,022.41
Disabled Workers: $1,165.76
Spouses of Disabled Workers: $319.31
Children of Disabled Workers: $351.55
Looking Deeper into the Stats
This month the benefit amounts were virtually the same as they were in December. Only small fluctuations can be seen from the previous month, most being small increases of less than a dollar. These numbers can be a good thing for new applicants. While it doesn’t mean they will necessarily be awarded the average amount or even above it, they can rest assured knowing the monthly compensation amount is relatively stable.
In addition to the January’s statistical snapshot, we also took a look at the Disabled Workers’ Statistics. These stats revealed that in the month of January, 63,041 new applicants were awarded disability benefits. This number is up by 2,050 since December. This upward trend is good news for applicants who are applying or have an application in the system waiting for approval.
Can a Disability Advocate or Attorney Help?
The simple answer is yes. Disability advocate and attorneys are trained to help applicants just like you sort through the disability application process. Representatives can assist you with collecting appropriate medical records, contacting the SSA, and help you navigate through the appeals process if an unfavorable decision were to occur.
If you’re ready to get seek legal assistance, simply click on the link below. There you can take our free benefits evaluation and find out if you may pre-qualify.