Very few people who receive Social Security disability benefits return to work, but this has nothing to do with disability recipients' desire to work. It has everything to do with the fact that the disability criteria are stringent. These people suffer from severe medical impairments, including chronic illnesses and debilitating injuries which have left them without the capacity to perform substantial work (with or without accommodations afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act). More than six in 10 applicants for disability benefits never receive them because the legal standard is so strict.
As an attorney who has represented thousands of such people, I receive calls every week from former clients who desperately want to return to work, and I advise them about Social Security's trial work program, which allows them to attempt work without immediate loss of their income and medical-insurance benefits. The vast majority of disability recipients have difficulty subsisting on the income, but their disabilities leave them with no realistic alternative. Concerns about labor-force participation rates generally shouldn't be conflated with arguments about disabled individuals' motivation and desire to work, which in my experience is no different than that of other Americans. http://ow.ly/tL79b
If you find yourself disabled or trying to make ends meet or wondering about working,while getting Social Security, feel free to contact us. We can assist anad suggest alternative avenues that may help bridge the gap.