One of the common Social Security disability benefits myths that drive us up the wall here at Morgan & Weisbrod is the idea that SSDI benefits are a government handout or a government welfare program. This is absolutely false!
Social Security is a federal insurance program – not a welfare program.
Most people who work for a living and receive paychecks have money taken out of each paycheck and placed into a federal fund. On paychecks, these payroll taxes are probably listed under something called FICA – the Federal Insurance Contribution Act. These payroll taxes go toward several federal insurance programs, including Social Security retirement, Social Security disability and Medicare. To put it simply, these taxes will ensure that you have health insurance when you are elderly, that you have support after you retire, and that you have a safety net in case of a disability.
While welfare and other similar government support programs are funded by general income taxes, Social Security disability benefits are funded by the money you and other workers have contributed to an insurance plan – money you gave to protect yourself and your family in the event of an injury, illness, or health condition.
Texas disability benefits attorneys can help
Even though you have paid into the Social Security program, it does not always mean that securing disability benefits is easy. If you need assistance with your disability benefits application or appeal, contact out disability lawyers in Dallas to set up a free, confidential consultation.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.