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Disabled Cities

Injury10_06082014Is your city handicapped? In the recent NPR article that sparked much of the recent debate about SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), the author, Chana Joffe-Walt, focused a lot of attention on one area of the country in particular:

Hale County, Alabama

In Joffe-Walt's article, she reported that one in four working age adults are on disability in Hale County. That's a huge percentage. Especially for a program that's so selective (less that 40% of applicants are approved).

So what's happening? In the article, Joffe-Walt went on to say that she spoke with a doctor who examines many of the disability recipients in Hale County and he said that he always asks them what grade they finished, after he's finished analyzing their physical condition.

Why is grade important? In Hale County, a rural area where many of the residents have achieved little beyond a high school education, there just aren't many opportunities for people to work at a job that's not hard on their body.

The article told a story of one Hale County woman who said her dream job would be to work in the Social Security office weeding out applications. Initially Joffe-Walt, thought it might be because the woman believed she would be good at "weeding out the cheaters," but, in fact, it was because that was the only job the woman had seen where you could sit all day.


In highly-educated areas, this is nearly unbelievable, but when you extrapolate this story to rural factory or mill towns, it becomes a little more real.

Kathy Ruffin, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, ran a series of reports on SSDI and listed some of the factors that have affected the boost. She said:

"The accelerating pace of globalization and technological change has been particularly unforgiving to older, less-educated workers and those with cognitive impairments."

She went on to say that the lack of education and familiarity with current technology, combined with serious physical ailments, has made these workers virtually unemployable. Not good news for areas that have relied on physical work and it is finally taking a toll on their bodies.

North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

Social Security is an important safety net for disabled workers, no matter where you live. Click here to learn about the basics of Social Security Disability.

If you have applied for Social Security disability benefits and you believe that your claim was unfairly denied, the North Carolina Social Security disability lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help. Call us 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

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Asheville Law Office

300 Ridgefield Court Suite 309
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: 828-552-8215
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Charlotte Law Office

301 S McDowell St, Suite 900
Charlotte, NC 28204
Phone: 704-599-1078
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Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
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Fayetteville Law Office

2915 Raeford Road, Suite 204
Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: 910-488-0611
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Goldsboro Law Office

1308 Wayne Memorial Drive, Suite B
Goldsboro, NC 27534
Phone: 919-731-2581
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Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
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Greenville Law Office

702 Cromwell Dr. Suite G
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
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Morganton Law Office

216 N. Sterling Street, Suite B
Morganton, NC 28655
Phone: 828-219-3080
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New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Raleigh Law Office

4325 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27607
Phone: 919-834-1184
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Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
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Rocky Mount Law Office

144 Woodridge Court
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
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Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
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Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
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Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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