Florida is the Sunshine State, the 27th state admitted to the Union… and the retirement capitol of the United States. By the year 2015, almost one in every five Floridians will be 65 or older, and receiving Social Security benefits. Or at least trying to.
Unfortunately, every year the Sunshine State denies 17 out of every 20 initial appeals for Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. Regardless of the circumstance, regardless of the incident, 85% of first claims are denied.
This is not a population trying to cheat the system. These are not nefarious, shortcut seeking criminals. These are our grandfathers and grandmothers. The elderly are hospitalized three times more than the rest of the population, to an average cost of over $4,600 out of pocket. This is not a result of the system… this is the evidence that the system is failing.
Social Security attorneys and Social Security Disability attorneys help tens of thousands of Florida citizens refile their Social Security claims. They navigate the seemingly endless miles of red tape and offer legal help for veterans, retirees, and the elderly. They persevere, they insist, they assert, and they demand, all so that their clients can receive the benefits promised them by their government. Benefits for which they have already paid.
But regardless of the headway they make, the tipping point may be coming soon. The predicted downfall of Social Security will reach critical mass when the so called “Baby Boomers” begin retiring in droves, and taking their turns in the hospitals and care facilities. Social Security lawyers in Florida and around the country will put in overtime to keep up with the sudden onslaught of retirees. In fact, the number of Social Security attorneys is already increasing, some say in preparation for this inevitable “Boomergeddon”.
But if Social Security appeals are being denied now, what happens when there are several hundred thousand more claimants, and far less money to claim?