May 29, 2013
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently struggling to keep the Social Security Disability Benefits program afloat. Estimates show that the trust that funds payments to recipients could run dry within the next three years.
Experts attribute the problems to several contributing factors, one being an influx of claim applications that are attributed to a poor economy. A higher volume of recipients means less money to go around. This is complicated by a high rate of improper and fraudulent payments made by the agency.
An article from CNS News reported that the SSA wrongfully paid out a total of $7.9 billion last year alone. This resulted from the agency making $4.7 billion in wrongful payments to Supplemental Security Income recipients, while $3.2 billion was improperly paid to recipients of the Old-Age, Survivors’ and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program.
Officials say the overpayments were often made because of a lack of updated information about recipients. In an effort to solve this problem, the agency has vowed to conduct hundreds of thousands of audits on recipients during the coming year. A resolution is vital considering the agency expects an influx of 80 million individuals applying for Social Security over the next 20 years.
The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Stewart & Stewart Attorneys acknowledge the complexities associated with applying for Social Security benefits. The firm suggests discussing you options with a lawyer if you are considering applying for benefits.