5 states with the most people on disability

The number of Americans receiving disability benefits has soared, especially in areas plagued by health problems, poverty and unemployment.

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May 28, 2013 3:05PM
I think in many cases the correct caption should be "Able, Not Willing".  I personally know 4 people who are on disability who are capable of working.  3 of them have no disability at all and totally faked it.  The 4th has a true disability, but it is not severe enough to keep her from working.  All 4 participate in leisure activities that are far more strenuous than the jobs they had before going on disability.  It is a crying shame that the truly disabled have to fight so hard and be scrutinized so closely because of the freeloaders looking for an easy income.  I think in many cases, the truly disabled are shamed by the process into giving up, whereas the freeloaders are persistent and win in the end.
May 28, 2013 3:45PM
And shame on those who really are not disabled who act like they are helpless then go party all night long. You guys suck!
May 28, 2013 4:55PM
For those of you who think it's easy to be on disability it is not.  I have terminal cancer and there is no cure for it yet i have been reviewed twice and have only been approved because of a lawyer.  I submitted several doctors papers to social security showing that i was too ill to work yet they said that wasn't enough.  I know that there are always people who take advantage of things but for those who are truly disabled it is a shame that they have to jump through hoops to get help
May 28, 2013 10:40AM
Why am I not surprised that it's all Southern states?
May 28, 2013 2:48PM

West Virginia is rated with the highest number of disability recipients probably due to the coal mining & chemical industries being two of the top employers' in that state.

Those two industries are probably the top two polluters in that state and they are probably the reason why there are so many disability claims related to asbestos, black lung & back/neck injuries. 



May 24, 2013 11:52PM
If the "hardworking" Liberal Democrats ever stop working, these "freeloaders" will starve to death.
May 25, 2013 9:03AM
"In fact, the states with the most disability claims tend to have the highest poverty rates, the least-educated workforces and the fewest jobs offering competitive wages."

These states all have the right to work for peanuts!  Where are the Red State ignoramuses crowing about the lazy people in the Blue States - which average $10K+ more in household income than any Res State except socialist Alaska?
May 28, 2013 3:44PM
I don't get disability, but believe me, I have worked way past the point that I should have. Nothing like feeling like you are standing on hot coals all day, or knees locking up and popping, or not being able to stand up once you have bent over, or not being able to bend over at all.
Try standing for so many hours that your feet swell so much that your toenails bruise and pop off or they swell so much that you can't get your shoes off....

Yeah...go through stuff like this then come back and bash people on disability.

I would love to be able to work again. The only way I can work is to sit at home and do my home business..that way when I can't sit in the same place for long I can go lay down or prop my feet up. It's not fun.
I feel for those who can't do anything at all.
Thank God I have a husband who supports me.

And for those who are so judgmental and saying hateful things, well, you may very well find out how it feels some day. You never know what your future holds.

May 28, 2013 7:53PM

Folks, please think for a minute, before labelling ALL Disability recipients as "freeloaders".  I worked at least 40 hours a week, for over 22 years, with chronic, severe pain.  In that time, I maybe took 15 sick days, due to pain.  Now, I've had 2 spinal surgeries, neither successful; and have been diagnosed with "Failed Back Syndrome", meaning I'm not a candidate for further surgery.  Finally, in August of 2010, I HAD to stop working.  I loved my job, and my carreer in  Heatlh Care.  I WISH I could still do it!  There are days I can't even leave my apartment, due to the pain.  Can't sleep; can't sit or stand more than 10 minutes at a time; and have had to give up wearing regular shoes, because I can't bend enought to tiee them. 

Since 2010, I have been fighting to get Disability.  I've been denied twice, without explanation as to why.  I had 2 different court hearings "postponed" due to illness of Disability staff members.  Finally, had a hearing in April this year.  It lasted a total of 14 minutes!!!!!   And now, I wait for my 1st check.  I've had NO INCOME at all, since June of 2012.  Had to sell my car (couldn't drive it anymore, anyway); had yard sales selling everything that meant anything to me.  My niece, thank God, was able to pay my rent since last October, or I'd be homeless.

Now, I KNOW there are a lot of undeserving people "on the dole".  But, I'M NOT ONE OF THEM.  So, please stop lumping us all into the category of freeloaders, bums, and losers.  Thank you.

May 28, 2013 11:57AM
the new disability is "cannot find a job"
May 28, 2013 11:44AM
Just another scam by crooked lawyers to screw taxpayers.  It's easy money for them and their clients. 
May 28, 2013 1:11PM
Why can't they require five doctors that certify you as disabled?  Proof!  Evidence!  Two of the five should be objective, government-paid doctors without incentives for turning people down.  There are scams going on where you can get people to write you prescriptions for narcotics you shouldn't be getting, and you shouldn't be able to go to one of those physicians to get certifiied as disabled.  For instance, if you are 30% disabled, you should have to take retraining or work fast food and get thirty percent of your previous employment.  You should not get supported unless you are 100% disabled as in paralyzed.  Also, you should be continually investigated to make sure you aren't remodeling your home six months after you get on disability.  Every person I know On disability is working under the table remodeling homes, driving trucks, etc.  People found to be doing that should go to prison.  Their finances should be investigated.  If they are living over their means, they should be audited to find out where the money is coming from.  Why are people with their hand out living better than those whose pockets are being emptied?  Disability should be reviewed every three years.  The truly disabled want to work and the cheaters do not. 
May 27, 2013 2:11PM

Good point....Willing, not able...Won't !!....(.Belonged there too)

Absolutely correct...Laywers have found a new way to line their pockets with easy cases..

Although most places, I believe they are limited to fees on disability cases...

Mostly making sure the paperwork is filed correctly, with the right wording.

Underlings or Para-Legals in the office can do that..

It might take two visits to the Court, but pretty much slam dunks in many cases.

It has way too easy to get SSDI over the last few years, maybe about 20 ??


Some of us, a large majority worked through the pains and problems and made a good life for ourselves.

May 24, 2013 11:38PM
Red state, blue state, doesn't mean anything because not everyone in the blue states of Michigan, Maine, and West Virginia, are democrats.  If you really want to know which party welfare recipients belong to, you need to ask the individuals receiving welfare.
May 28, 2013 5:18PM

I've got a funny feeling you posters that complain about Disability have never tried living on Disability. The maximum SSI Disability check is a little over 700 dollars a month and it goes up from there on SSDI, but only depending on how many earned quarters you have. I can't give you an exact figure because every state is different on the amount they contribute, but  If you think you can live on 700-800 dollars a month go ahead and give it a try. I know because I get Disability and I'd rather work. I went from making or $2500 a month to peanuts because of my injury, so I know.

May 28, 2013 5:37PM
I have been fighting for disability for the last 3 years.   I have a hard time walking and worked until I kept falling because my legs would give out.  I would not have had any problems if I didnt go into the Army.   There is a lot of veterans who have to fight for their disability but have problems like I do due to the fact that there are many people who are abusing SSDI and VA comp.  I hope all you bashers also keep in mind that there are people that really do need help.  I rather work and also have a job available to me if I could.  I dropped from $5000 plus a month to nothing until I can get either the VA or Social Security to grant me the money.  Which is about 1500 a month that is a big change.
May 28, 2013 2:13PM
you think everybody on disability are free loaders then you dodn't  know much....I'am on disability and I don't get any thing free,my money comes from the hard work and money put in to S.S.I. you don't seem to under stand that..You proabley don't pay in to it...
May 28, 2013 2:58PM
I'd like to see a percentage by State those living off Workers Comp now there's a gravy train.  Especially in Vermont.  Can't imagine the amount of substance abusers living off welfare and disability yet they don't help the people that help themselves and just need a hand.  Fringe workers - I believe they're called. 
May 24, 2013 11:50PM
NO....IT's pretty much...THE Republican RED STATES.....Do you vote or watch polls.?
May 28, 2013 3:33PM
I cannot get over the fact that all these are hard-working (???) right wing red states.  GOP hypocrisy is alive and well.
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