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Social Security Disability recipients and types of injuries

One class of disabled individuals who file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is that of people who have suffered some sort of injury at their workplaces. Those who have been disabled as a result of their work may be able to apply for SSDI, as they have a work history and have likely been paying into the system for some length of time. But what sorts of injuries might make up this disabled population?

Though statistics specifically for "workplace accidents" and SSDI are hard to come by, we can extrapolate a bit by looking at the Social Security Administration's (SSA) numbers regarding those who have applied for both SSDI and worker's compensation. Because worker's compensation generally covers those who have been injured on the job, it is likely that many who fit both categories are basing their SSDI applications on such injuries. Because of this we get a glimpse of what kind of disabilities these individuals may tend to have.

According to the SSA's most recent public numbers, which are as of December 2015, the most common disability claimed by those who filed for both SSDI and worker's compensation concerned the musculo-skeletal or connective tissue systems. This seems to make sense, as this likely cover such relatively common problems as carpal tunnel syndrome and other afflictions that affect the large number of office workers in the country. The second highest disability filed for by this group is that of mental conditions. The third most frequent type of condition varies between men and women. For men, it is discrete work injuries, while for women it is nervous system disorders.

Regardless of the exact source of the disability, those who have suffered an injury, either on the job or off, that makes it difficult or impossible for them to work may be eligible for Social Security disability due to their injuries. Those with questions may wish to consider seeking help from an experienced New Jersey disability attorney.

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