Holiday, FL (PRWEB) June 30, 2012
Florida Social Security disability benefits lawyer Lawrence Disparti said today that Congress must act to save the Social Security Disability (SSD) program trust fund, which could be depleted in 2016, according to analysts.
“We were surprised by a recent report that says the Social Security Disability trust fund’s rapid depletion over the next few years could result in huge cuts in the benefits that millions of Americans depend on,” said Disparti, founder of the Disparti Law Group, a Florida personal injury and disability benefits law firm based in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region.
Disparti’s firm assists Florida residents with claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. It also assists with Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI), Railroad Retirement Board disability (RRB) and other government benefits claims.
“Congress has to act on this,” Disparti continued. “Too many disabled men and women, as well as their spouses and underage children, rely on Social Security Disability benefits.”
Social Security programs are funded by payroll taxes. Like other Social Security funds, the SSD programs’ trust fund is faltering as more baby boomers obtain benefits while a smaller workforce pays into the fund, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Due to this pressure, the Social Security trustees project that the disability program’s trust fund will be emptied by the end of 2016, the report said. The program cannot legally operate with a deficit, so benefits to recipients would be cut by about 21 percent.
Since the beginning of 2009, more than 5 million people have filed SSD benefit claims, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. In 2010, 8.2 million workers ages 18 to 65, and 2.1 million dependents were receiving Social Security Disability payments.
“We expect that Congress will act appropriately. But we hope they won’t wait until the last minute to do so,” Disparti said. “Those who depend on these benefits would surely rather see them act now. Certainly it would be better to get this done sooner rather than later.”
Those who qualify for SSD benefits should file for them, Disparti said.
“Social Security Disability is viable and we believe its trust fund will, in the end, remain intact,” he said.
“Those who need disability assistance should seek the benefits they are due,” the veteran attorney continued. “And our experience at the Disparti Law Group in Florida has been that SSD applicants whose claims are filed with the assistance of an experienced Social Security Disability attorney get positive rulings quicker than those whose aren’t.”
About Disparti Law Group, P.A.
Disparti Law Group, P.A., is a Florida Social Security disability and personal injury law firm. The firm 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 Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and the South Florida communities of Tampa, Miami, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bonita Springs, Clearwater, Fort Meyers, Holiday, Naples and Port Charlotte. The firm’s Tampa-St. Petersburg area office is located at 1041 U.S. Highway 19, Holiday, FL, 34691.To learn more about the Tampa Social Security Disability lawyers of the Disparti Law Group, P.A., call (800) 633-4091 or use the firm’s online contact form.