There are an estimated 12.84 million jobs in the manufacturing marketplace in the United States as of March 2020. Workers in this industry play an important role in our country’s economy since this industry is responsible for the creation of a product. Examples can include the production of furniture, textiles, electronics, computer work and food. Manufacturing positions are available as assemblers, bakers, technicians, machine workers and operators.
According to the National Association of Manufacturers, these workers receive an average of $87,185 annual salary. In order to complete this job, many of these positions include physical labor. As a result, an injury or illness may make it difficult to complete work tasks. What happens in these situations? What options are available to workers if they cannot work? In some cases, these workers may qualify for disability benefits.
What are Social Security disability benefits?
Social Security disability benefits are monthly payments available to those who cannot work due to injury or illness. Those who qualify can receive these benefits for a year or more.
How do I qualify for these benefits?
Generally, the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires the individual qualify as disabled before they can receive disability benefits. In most cases, the agency asks these three questions to determine if the applicant is disabled: can the applicant do the work they did before, can the work be adjusted and will the disability last for at least one year or result in death.
Those who apply for benefits and are denied have options. Applicants can appeal a denied claim.