We have previously written that despite a recent, high-profile criminal case, instances of Social Security disability fraud are actually quite rare. Unfortunately, any allegations of fraud may ultimately make it harder for Americans with legitimate disabilities to get their SSD applications approved.
A recently published study has debunked another seemingly common misconception about Social Security disability. Researchers from Columbia Business School examined the claim that during the recession, a significant number of unemployed Americans filed for Social Security disability when their unemployment benefits expired. Researchers analyzed nearly a decade of data and concluded that this assertion was not true.
A Columbia professor who led the study noted that “contrary to the beliefs of many, even in policy circles, our research proves that the unemployed do not directly file for disability following the exhaustion of benefits. The evidence is just not there. As a matter of fact, fewer than 2 percent of workers whose unemployment benefits had expired actually applied for disability insurance.”
Hopefully, important studies like this one will ease fears about large-scale fraud potentially plaguing Social Security. Applying for disability benefits already tends to be a lengthy and difficult process, and many deserving individuals have their applications denied, at least initially.
The complexity of the process is one of many reasons why it’s important to get help from someone who truly knows the system and how to navigate what can be a frustrating and confusing endeavor. If you have questions or are ready to get started, please contact an experienced Social Security disability attorney.
Source: Sacramento Bee, “Study Reveals New Insight About Social Security Disability Benefits Amid Agency’s Influx Of Problems,” Feb. 10, 2014