Claims for Social Security Disability Insurance in Georgia and elsewhere have been on the rise for nearly two decades. This has put considerable pressure on the Social Security Disability Insurance program's ability to deliver services and benefits to the claimants who need them. Moreover, it led to a rapid depletion of the funds earmarked to pay those benefits - funds withheld from workers' wages by the federal government.
In Georgia and across the United States, workers have spent much of their lives paying into a program that is designed to protect them if they become sick or disabled and can no longer work. Worker contributions to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program are held in a trust fund that is separate from the fund for retirement benefits, known as Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI). Unfortunately, both trust funds are in danger of insolvency unless something is done quickly.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the largest agencies in the United States government and is charged with overseeing the myriad benefits, including health care and financial assistance, that those who have served in the U.S. military services have earned. Unfortunately, as the number of vets has grown in recent years - due largely to actions in Afghanistan and Iraq - the agency has struggled with delivering VA benefits to the vets that are entitled to receive them. At the same time, VA has undergone a crisis of leadership with no current secretary yet confirmed after the previous VA secretary was fired in March.
When someone is injured or becomes ill and is unable to work, it can be a financial disaster. One program available to help workers who have become disabled is Social Security Disability Insurance. The SSDI program is administered by the Social Security Administration and is funded by a portion of the funds withheld from workers' wages. Unfortunately, not all disabled workers will qualify for SSDI benefits.
Because the application process can be daunting for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claimants, an experienced attorney can be of great help. An attorney can be of particular assistance if SSD benefits are initially denied and an appeal is necessary. In fact, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that claimants who are represented at appeal hearings are three times more likely to prevail than their unrepresented counterparts.