Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 30, 2012
Chicago Social Security disability benefits lawyer Lawrence Disparti today urged Congress to take appropriate steps to save the Social Security Disability (SSD) program’s trust fund, which analysts say could be exhausted in 2016.
“We have to admit that we were startled to read recent reports that say the rapid depletion of the SSD trust fund could trigger a 21 percent cut in benefits to up to 11 million Americans in just a few years,” said Disparti, founder of the Disparti Law Group, a Chicago Social Security claims law firm.
“Congress simply must act,” Disparti continued. “Whole families rely on Social Security Disability benefits to stay out of poverty.”
A Social Security trustees report released this spring said the disability program is projected to exhaust its trust fund in 2016, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. The plan is legally prohibited from running a deficit, so benefits would have to be cut.
Social Security programs are funded by workers’ and employers’ contributions through payroll taxes. The disability program, like other Social Security funds, is being drained as more baby boomers qualify for benefits but a smaller workforce is paying into the fund. In addition to there being fewer people of working age in the population, since 2007, the recession has cut the workforce further, according to the report.
In 2010, 8.2 million workers, or more than 5 percent of the working age population (ages 18 to 65), and 2.1 million dependents (not including adult disabled children) were receiving disability payments, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis.
Since the beginning of 2009 alone, more than 5 million people have applied for Social Security Disability benefits.
“We hope Congress will act appropriately,” Disparti said. “It would be much better for those who depend on these benefits, and for the country as a whole, to get this done sooner rather than later.”
Disparti’s firm helps Illinois residents obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The firm also helps clients seeking Railroad Retirement Board disability (RRB), Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) benefits and similar government benefits.
Disparti stressed that those who qualify for and need SSD benefits should file claims for them and, in most cases, should seek legal help obtaining them.
“The SSD program is alive, and its trust fund is viable,” the veteran attorney said. “Those who need disability benefits should seek them.
“We have found that SSD applicants in Illinois who file claims with the assistance of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney get positive rulings on their claims faster than those who don’t.”
About Disparti Law Group, P.A.
Disparti Law Group, P.A., is a Chicago Social Security Disability law firm that provides legal assistance to individuals in cases involving Social Security Disability (SSD), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), railroad disability (FELA and RRB claims) and veterans’ benefits (including TSGLI claims). Additionally, the firm handles a variety of personal injury claims, including car accidents, slip-and-fall or premises liability, products liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home neglect and inadequate security. The firm serves clients across the U.S., including Florida, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Houston, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and the Illinois communities surrounding Chicago, Joliet, Aurora, Naperville, Elgin, Schaumburg, Oak Lawn, Bolingbrook, Cicero and Wheaton. The firm’s office is located in the John Hancock Building, 31st Floor, 875 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL, 60611 (local phone ( 312) 546-4623). To learn more about the Chicago Social Security Disability lawyers of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., call (800) 633-4091 or use the firm’s online contact form.