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Number of Americans getting disability on the rise

Just in the past 10 years, there has been a 29 percent jump in Americans with little or no work experiencing getting disability benefits, according to the Social Security Administration. CNN Money said in that same time period, there has been a 44 percent increase in disability claims by those who have formerly worked. Veterans benefits claims have gone up 28 percent since 2008, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said. With all of these, those applying for benefits need to have someone with experience to help them wade through the complex application process.

“All told, the federal government spent nearly $250 billion in 2011 paying more than 23 million Americans some type of disability claim,” according to CNN, showing the large number of people that are trying to obtain benefits. “That’s about 7 percent of the overall population, and 16 percent of the workforce.”

Andrew Houtenville, an economics professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, told CNN Money that every recession sees a rise in the number of applicants for disability, with the 2001 recession finding disability claims up 13 percent. With more applicants, the process may grow longer. Those looking to obtain benefits must have knowledge of how they can make their own process of procuring benefits quicker.

Throughout different types of economic climates, the Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates has been helping people successfully obtain their Social Security disability benefits. We are are experts in processing the critical evidence necessary to win benefits and represent clients at all stages of the appeal process. Our offices often represent client successfully in cases that other lawyers have turned away or abandoned. As one Social Security expert recently said about our commitment to winning our cases, “Mr. Conick will fight to the death for his clients.”