A substantial number of people on disability in America are on Social Security Disability due to illnesses and injuries that they suffered on the job or that are related to their work. The manufacturing industry is sometimes tough on the body, so it’s possible that people in this industry may need to seek Social Security Disability Insurance in the future as well.
In manufacturing, some of the most common injuries are related to slip and fall accidents, overexertion, machine-related accidents and exposure to harmful chemicals. Any of these accidents or incidents may result in serious injuries that cause a lasting disability.
Thousands are hurt annually
According to Travelers Insurance, over 100,000 manufacturing workers suffer from a job-related injury each year. The statistics break down this further into categories. The insurance company found that:
- 6% of injuries were linked to contact with harmful substances
- 8% of injuries were linked to repetitive motion-related injuries
- 40% of injuries were caused by coming into contact with objects, like saws or blades
- 24% of injuries were linked to overexertion
- 19% of injuries were a result of slipping and falling
- Another 3% of injuries were linked to other circumstances
Preventing these on-to-job accidents may help workers stay safer, but once they’re hurt, there is a possibility that they won’t be able to return to the job. If that is the case, then it may be time to look into Social Security Disability Insurance for the long term.
When can you get Social Security Disability Insurance?
You can get SSDI in cases where you can no longer work as a result of your injuries and disability. If you are able to work a small amount but not enough to support yourself, then you may be able to get SSDI as well.
The application process is lengthy, and you do need to have enough of a work history to qualify. It’s also true that many first-time applicants are denied the benefits that they should qualify for. If you want to apply, don’t wait. Learn more about your legal rights, put together your claim and be prepared for an appeal if needed.