Oklahoma Records a Rise in Social Security Disability Claims

by Staff

Data shows that the number of Oklahomans receiving Social Security Disability Benefits has continued to rise in recent years. In fact, the number of recipients has swelled by as much as 73 percent in the past decade. An article published by The Oklahoman examined these gains, potential reasons for the increase, and what effects they may have on present and future recipients.

According to the most recent tally, a total of 187,000 Oklahomans are receiving Social Security Disability. Some counties in the state have as many as 15 percent of the working-age population receiving benefits from the program.

Some experts are attributing the rise in claim numbers to the deteriorating health of baby boomers who have not reached the age of retirement yet. Other reasons include changes to law that allowed citizens to receive the benefits for certain mental disorders and a growing number of women who entered the workforce in the 1970s and ‘80s.

The growing number of claims has put a strain on the system that may result in cuts to the program.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers recognize that an increased volume of recipients coupled with budgetary issues could make it more difficult than ever before for a person applying for Social Security Disability benefits to receive an approval. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney.