The Importance of Social Security

Some argue that Social Security as a whole is a defunct program that has outlived its usefulness. They point to retirement plans, pensions, and 401-k’s to give some backbone to their stance. If there are already ways to secure retirement and disability benefits without the government’s help, why burden the system further? Eliminate the program and save the taxpayers billions. That sentiment is profoundly misguided and paints a picture of modern America that simply doesn’t exist. Millions depend on Social Security as their sole means of retirement or disability income. Our attorneys see proof of that every day, and have compiled some facts to show how these programs save many from the brink of financial ruin.

Disability Benefits for Children and Teenagers

Social Security programs aren’t just for injured/ill adults or retirees. Many minors receive aid through government programs because their parents can no longer work to provide for them in a meaningful way. Adult children, those with severe cognitive impairments due to disease or injury, also count among this group. As of 2010, approximately 3.2 million Americans under the age of 18 receive some form of Social Security benefit, including 1.3 million minor children of deceased workers. As of the same year, about 949,000 adult children received government aid through the Social Security Administration. Without these payments, this population could not care for themselves or provide even the most basic essentials.

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Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

Think that we’re all so flush with cash at retirement that no one needs the SSA to chip in? Think again. By the government body’s own data, one in six Americans receive benefits from the SSA — that’s 56 million people. Nearly two in five of these people are not workers entering retirement. They’re disabled workers who have suffered injuries or illnesses that prevent them from maintaining gainful employment. The numbers only stand to increase as more and more Baby Boomers reach retirement age or sustain physical injuries or illnesses. These programs have never been more vital or necessary.

Workers’ Compensation and the Lone Worker Safety Net

Injured on the job? Worker’s compensation will only protect you up to a certain financial limit. After that, you must return to work. If you can’t, Social Security Disability may be the sole means available to you to provide monthly compensation to provide for your family. Approximately 92 percent of workers age 21 to 64 have earned sufficient credits through their employment to obtain coverage should they suffer injuries or develop an illness that prevents them from working for at least one year. If 91 percent of the working population depends on this program, how can we say it’s not necessary? How can we even think of lowering funding to something that is so fundamental to the continued success of those without means to provide for themselves?

Our Pennsylvania Social Security Disability Lawyers Can Help

If you or a family member has developed an illness or become injured to the point that your doctors believe you’ll be unable to work for 12 months or more, you may be eligible for disability benefits through the federal government. Our attorneys have helped thousands recover the benefits they deserve. We charge zero fees for our services unless we recover benefits — what do you have to lose? Call today.

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