Why the number of Missouri Social Security Disability Claimants have increased

There has been much discussion recently about why the number of Missouri Social Security Disability Claimants have increased.  There are many factors and the Social Security Administration has compiled statistical evidence about “the mystery where all these disabled people have come from“.

After examining almost 40 years demographic data, economist David Pattison and Hilary Waldron found that 3 major factors  accounted for 90% of the increase in the disabled population — and 94% of the increase in the more recent 1990-2008 period.

Krebs Law Office Social Security Disability

Krebs Law Office Social Security Disability

These 3 factors are:

1) Overall population growth

2) the aging of the baby boom generation.  

3) the increase in the proportion of women in the workforce.  Basically more people are “insured” or eligible for benefits

The rest is accounted for by an increase in the “disability incidence rate,” defined simply as the factor that’s left after the others are accounted for. But as they point out, the incidence rate actually has been falling over the last 18 years.

Unfortunately, in Missouri the poor economy over the last few years has made it increasing more difficult for older workers with impairments to maintain, let alone find a job, in a competitive job market. There is no denying that some people are desperate and apply for benefits when it is possible for them to complete  some form of work.

There are many factors that need to be considered by a potential Social Security disability claimant.

The claimants age is becoming increasingly important in my opinion.  Folks over the age of 50 have an easier path to a winning case, but do not assume it is automatic.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to win an appeal in the Springfield Missouri Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.  It is your responsibility to prove your disability , not the Social Security Administration.  This is one reason a lawyer is so important.  If you are over the age of 50, please call us before you apply.

Recent medical history is becoming more and more important to successful cases.  I speak with people all the time that tell me they have a 10 or even 20 year old injury or I have had “x” disease for 20 years.  The question is “is that injury/disease bothering you enough now, that you seek medical treatment?”  If the answer is “no”, that problem is likely not relevant to your case.  Another way to think about it is “if you worked with the problem for the last 10 years, why is it stopping you now?”

If you have questions and need to speak with a disability attorney in Springfield Missouri call us today. The Krebs Law Firm LLC offers a free case evaluation if you have questions about your Social Security disability claim.

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People may be worried that they do not have the money to pay for a Springfield Missouri disability attorney, but we only handle Social Security cases on a contingent fee basis. In other words, there is no fee unless we are successful in getting you the benefits that you deserve. If you would like to speak to Jason Krebs and his staff simply call (417) 883-5886 for your free case evaluation or to discuss your appeal today! Do not delay as you only have 60 days to file your appeal or ask for a reconsideration if you live in Kansas, Arkansas or Oklahoma.