The difficulty in getting off of disability

As the government steps up its call to remove more people from receiving disability payments, statistics show that the number of recipients who return to the workforce is small: only 3.7% of disabled workers do within 10 years of receiving their first payment. The Washington Post has more in this story about how hard it can be for disabled people to go back to work.

Dealing with the shame some have of applying for disability

Robert Fowler worked for 20 years at Exxon, helped run a family business, managed a retirement community, and even worked as a security guard. But an ischemic stroke last November left him unable to work, and forced him to apply for Social Security disability. But Fowler, like so many Americans, feels shame in having to apply for government benefits. His wife lost her job, too, forcing them to apply for food stamps. The Washington Post has Fowler’s first-person account of the shame so many disabled people feel when they have to apply for assistance.

Former judge pleads guilty to Social Security scam

A retired federal judge in Kentucky has changed his plea of innocence to charges that he and a lawyer scammed the government out of approximately $600 million after efforts to dismiss the case were denied. Retired Social Security Judge David B. Daughtry and disability lawyer Eric Conn were indicted in April for allegedly creating a seven-year scheme to get millions of dollars in disability payments. More details in this story at Legal NewsLine.