Last month, the Social Security Administration’s inspector general released a new report. According to the findings in that report, a significant number of Social Security disability cases that were approved by certain judges lacked a “well-supported rationale” for approval. Many media outlets jumped on this story and reported that the potential cost to the taxpayers was about $2 billion.
We are not disputing the accuracy of this report, the seriousness of its findings, or that Social Security disability fraud should be properly addressed.
We Are Encouraging You to Remember the 99 Percent
The Wall Street Journal reports that 6.6-million applications for Social Security disability were approved during the seven-year period covered in the inspector general’s report. The number of cases that were found to be questionable in the report were 24,900—or less than one percent of the total number of cases approved during that time. The report did not reportedly question the validity of the other 99.6 percent of Social Security disability cases that were approved during this time.
Sometimes the media attention is negative toward people who apply for and rightly receive government benefits which they have earned. If you are disabled and you believe that you qualify for Social Security disability then you should not feel bad about applying. You should not be ashamed or embarrassed. You are not the problem, and you should not be discouraged from pursing your legal rights.
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by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.